Agriculture Business

Agriculture Business

Your Ag Career Starts Here

Grow a rewarding career in the agricultural sales and service industry with Kirkwood’s two-year degree. You’ll be in great company because Kirkwood is one of the largest schools in the nation for its number of ag program graduates.

Students study agricultural business from all angles, including sales, advertising, merchandising, economics, farm management, marketing, agronomy, and animal science.

The required internship will introduce you to great industry contacts, which could lead to a full-time position after graduation. You’ll also have a chance to take a spring semester study abroad opportunity to learn about Brazilian agriculture.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year!

Graduates of the Agriculture Business program will be able to:

  • Analyze agribusiness problems and interpret the financial results.
  • Integrate fundamental agribusiness principles and analysis techniques to make benefit-cost decisions at all levels of business activities.
  • Make recommendations based on an understanding of policy and the regulatory environment within agricultural/agribusiness operations.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication proficiency in a knowledgeable, coherent, and persuasive manner, in relation to any array of contemporary agribusiness topics.
  • Apply the formal language and concepts of economics while demonstrating appropriate informational and or technical competencies for future planning and management.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, students transfer to Iowa State University with 65 credits from Kirkwood and in most cases, start as a junior at the four-year institution. Other four-year programs are: Northwest Missouri State, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Western Illinois University, and South Dakota State University.

Graduates with Agribusiness degrees can obtain jobs in a variety of different career opportunities. Some examples are: 

  • Ag banks and credit unions
  • Crop scouting
  • Cooperatives
  • Fertilizer applications
  • Custom applicators
  • Ag delivery service
  • Feed mixing
  • Data collection from research/analysis

Our students have interned at large farming operations, fertilizer application and distribution companies, grain elevators and feed mills, and with agriculture businesses.

Other students interned as sales representatives for the chemical, seed, fertilizer, pesticide, equipment, and livestock industries.

Contact Ashley Moeller, Associate Dean at 319-398-7635 or Holly Feldmann, Department Coordinator at 319-398-4952.

Ahmed Mohammed

“When I have a question or concern, I'm, amazed how my professors respond right away. It's awesome that they really care about my success.”

Ahmed Mohammed,
Iowa City, Iowa

Mission Statement

The Agricultural Business Program graduates individuals who are educated and trained with the foundational skills and professionalism demanded by today’s agribusiness industry.


Questions?

Agricultural Sciences
1000 Washington Hall
319-398-5609
agsciences@kirkwood.edu