The agriculture program at Ivy Tech Community College engages students in hands-on activities in and outside of their classrooms while preparing them for real-world agriculture careers. The program focus is primarily in the areas of: Livestock Production, Agronomy, Agriculture Equipment, and AgriBusiness.
Students are exposed to various areas in the agriculture industry through field experiences and professional guest speaker presentations. To enhance the student experience, the agriculture program has partnerships with industry organizations such as: John Deere, Case IH, Ceres Solutions, Co-Alliance, Becks Hybrids, Dow AgroSciences, Monsanto, Belstra Milling Company, Fair Oaks Farms and other local growers, producers, and agribusinesses. Students will spend a significant amount of class time completing hands-on activities with the ability to have one-on-one time with instructors.
Graduates of the Agriculture program can enter directly into the agriculture workforce in exciting, competitive paying careers or they may transfer to many of our four-year partners.
Current partners include: Purdue University, Trine University, Indiana State University, Illinois State University, Colorado State University (online), Southern Illinois University, Indiana University (Regional Campuses only), and Huntington University. To find out more about other transfer opportunities in agriculture, click here. Click here to learn more about the Pathway to Purdue Agriculture program.
If you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we have several four-year transfer partnerships in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!
WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM?Agriculture is one of the largest sectors of Indiana’s economy with a $20 billion annual impact, and as this sector becomes more high-tech, the need for trained college graduates in agriculture is increasing.
874 Annual job openings projected thru 2020.
$19.02 per hour in Indiana.
AGRICULTURE Program / Competencies / Mission Statement Rev. Fall 2015
PROGRAM COMPETENCIES that support the General Outcomes
1. General awareness of the agricultural industry and career opportunities within the United States and
2. Be a proficient user of current technology equipment and applications used within the agricultural
3. Identify basic economic principals used in the production, marketing, and solving of business
management problems within the food and agricultural business sectors.
4. Describe aspects of United States agricultural production.
5. Understanding the importance of soils and their relationship to people and food production.
6. Engage in communication and relationship building significant to agricultural business interactions.
7. Demonstrate correct use of specific management tools which measure performance and improve
decision making within an agribusiness firm.
8. Demonstrate engagement with agricultural industry.
The Agriculture Program mission and purpose is to provide its students with educational experiences that will
provide a framework from which they can pursue a career in the agricultural industry as well as skills for a
possible placement or continuation of their educational goals.