006-101 Contemporary Issues in Sustainability
This course examines the role of agriculture and consumers in today's society. Emphasis will be placed on economically profitable, environmentally sound and socially responsible agricultural practices for farm and agribusiness operations.
006-102 Emerging Agriculture Technologies
This course provides classroom and field experience to expose students to the latest developments in agricultural technology for agribusinesses applications. Emphasis will be geared toward providing students experience in technical problem-solving for agri-businesses and farm operations.
006-103 Agricultural Commodity Marketing
Learners will develop an understanding of the principles of marketing relative to basic economic theory. We will examine the marketing process from production through delivery to the ultimate consumer including product differentiation, direct marketing, and competitive advantage.
006-104 Special Topics in Agriculture
This course is an opportunity for participants to learn from professionals in the fields of agronomy, finance and livestock nutrition and management as well as from full-time crop, livestock and dairy producers. Learners will connect to professionals in the field of agricultural production and agribusiness. Students will be able to do this through linking with the Farm Business and Production Management Program from November through March.
006-105 Nutrient Management
Students focus on profitable crop production methods using commercial products, nutrient credits, and rotational practices. Students learn how to interpret soil test reports, balance soil pH, meet nutrient requirements, and make product recommendations based upon economic, environmental, and legal criteria. Students will study field mapping based on global positioning systems and variable rate technology.
006-106 Agribusiness Occupational Experience
The course is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with agribusinesses within their area of interest or as career exploration. Participants will build a network of potential employers upon completion of the Agribusiness Specialist program.
006-107 Pest Management:Applicator Training
Students will learn principles and methods used in the control of pests found in the production of agricultural commodities. Preparation for Wisconsin Commercial Pesticide Applicator licensing will include: restricted use regulations, applicator safety, environmental safety, equipment calibration, and product label interpretation. Course topics also include: pesticide mode of action, interpretation of aerial photos, and integrated pest management (IPM).
006-108 Commercial Drivers Training
A Course designed to prepare students to take the Department of Transportation (DOT) General CDL examination as well as examinations that cover DOT endorsements for air brakes, hazardous materials, doubles and triples. A CDL is a very valuable certification for all types of agribusiness employment. Completion of these exams could lead to the student receiving their driving permit, which would allow them to drive a commercial truck with a licensed CDL driver in the passenger seat.
006-116 Introduction to Soils
This course provides fundamental knowledge of soils and growth media. Course topics include soil formation and development, soil components, soil profile, soil classification, and soil conservation. Participants will experience soils concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
006-160 Introduction to Plant Science
This course provides fundamental knowledge of plant components and their functions. Topics include pollinating and propagating plants, germinating seeds, plant nutrients, and factors affecting photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration. Participants will experience plant components and their functions through the completion of hands-on activities.
006-162 Farm Records and Business Management
This course emphasizes the practical use of a record management system in managing a farm or agribusiness. Students will create business goals and analyze the use of credit as well as simulate business arrangements, estate planning, and preparing income taxes. Students will create balance sheets, cash flows and income statements as they create an overall financial analysis of the farm or agribusiness.
006-163 Agribusiness Management
Topics studied in this course are agriculture agencies; records and accounts; sources of credit, insurance, enterprise budgeting, cash flow, net worth; and business organization. Students will learn about the organization and structure of agricultural businesses; resource evaluation, policy development and implementations, functions of management, and laws and taxes that affect business.
006-164 Livestock Management
This course focuses on the various aspects of selection, breeding, herd health, raising of replacement stock, reproductive physiology, and marketing of livestock and livestock products. Students explore topics that affect livestock management such as the selection, operation, and maintenance of farm buildings, milking, feeding, and ventilation as well as manure handling equipment. Students will be able to analyze and prepare for a myriad of aspects that are included in the management of livestock.
006-165 Livestock Nutrition
This course emphasizes the skills, techniques and concepts necessary for sound feeding management. Students engage in the practice of calculating feed values and pricing, as well as consumption requirements for livestock. Students also investigate necessary information from feed tag labels and base feeds as they create simulated feeding programs for specific livestock with special attention given to the metabolic diseases of lactating animals. Through the use of basic ration balancing concepts, students will be able to create simple rations for specified livestock.
006-166 Precision Agriculture Technologies
This course provides an introductory overview of precision farming concepts and the tools of precision farming (GPS, GIS and VRT). Students will engage in the use of each of these tools within the processes of a precision farming system. Studetns will participate in several simulated hands-on activities using actual farm data to be able to properly use these tools in a real world agricultural setting.
006-169 Career Develop in Agriculture
This course is designed to assist students in developing career leadership skills for the agriculture industry. Units of study include: goal setting, strengths finder, career opportunities, employment preparation, industry issues, and the role of professional organizations in agriculture.
006-180 Introduction to Animal Science
The course provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproductions, animal feedstuffs, and job related safety. Participants will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
006-181 Crop Management
Students will be introduced to all phases of the management and economics of crop production. Students will explore and analyze specific topics related to variety, selection, planting, pest control, harvesting, storage, and marketing. Students will engage in project based learning by developing a crop management plan which focuses on crop enterprise analysis and the production of a cropping budget.
006-197 Agribusiness Internship
Students will have the opportunity to apply course work to a practical, on-the-job experience in an agricultural career setting. Students will create a portfolio that includes their engagement in research, report writing and reflection of the structure of the business, products that are sold and the importance of this agricultural field to the ecomony of our state and nation. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in their second year courses and as they continue to explore the various careers available in the agricultural sector.