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AGBUS 110: INTRODUCTORY ECONOMICS OF FOOD, FIBER, AND NATURAL RESOURCES

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course is an introduction to the principles of economics including production principles; production costs, supply, and revenue; profit maximization; consumption and demand; price elasticity; market price determination; and competitive versus noncompetitive market models. These principles are applied to agriculture and the role of agriculture in the United States and world economics. Other topics include a survey of the world food situation; natural, human, and capital resources; commodity product marketing; and agricultural problems and policies. [IAI: AG 901]

AGBUS 111: ECONOMICS OF AGRICULTURE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This basic course covers the principles of production, supply, demand, price determination, and resource allocation as they apply to economic decisions in agriculture. It includes a study of commodity futures trading that emphasizes the use of hedging and options.

AGBUS 112: AGRICULTURAL SALES

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course provides an understanding of the basic principles underlying the sales process in agricultural supply and service firms. The student will become familiar with a problem solving approach to selling.

AGBUS 115: COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite:

This course is an introduction to computer hardware, disk operating systems, file manipulation, and printers and the use of word processing, graphics, spreadsheet, and database management software. This course will also include solutions of agriculture data-related problems and use of prepared software and templates. [IAI: AG 913]

AGBUS 118: AGRICULTURAL COMPUTATIONS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course is a basic review of mathematics with applications in various fields such as turf management, horticulture, diesel mechanics, agribusiness, etc. Introduction to using Excel spreadsheets is included. The course is designed for the student who is entering some agriculture-related program or who needs some review of mathematics.

AGBUS 200: OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR I

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval.

This course provides the student majoring in Agricultural Business Management with valuable on-the-job training to study practical business problems. Usually scheduled for forty hours per week for eight weeks.

AGBUS 211: AGRICULTURE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course will provide a study of agricultural business management as it applies to the management of farm operations. This course also includes the study of financial management through the use of resource appraisal, budgeting, financial record keeping, enterprise analysis, and capital and credit needs.

AGBUS 212: MARKETING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course allows the student to survey implications for the producer, processor, distributor and consumer created by different marketing alternatives. A study of the functions and services of each phase of the marketing channel for livestock and grain producers is included. The use of the futures market is incorporated, as it applies to the marketing of livestock and grain. The course includes the study of different grading and standardization methods used in marketing agriculture products.

AGBUS 214: OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP AND SEMINAR II

5 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the student majoring in Agricultural Business Management with valuable on-the-job training to apply previous instruction to practical business problems. Usually scheduled for forty hours per week for eight weeks.

AGBUS 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final written report submitted to the faculty member by the student. This course is repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.