May 28, 2022  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems, AAS

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The Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems program will prepare students to develop and manage their own farm business, or to pursue careers in agricultural and horticultural science, sales, or production. While enrolled in the program, individuals will learn the fundamentals of crop, soil, and livestock management, along with the business skills necessary to operate a farm enterprise. The program focuses on the integration of crop and livestock production principles to create sustainable farming and food systems. Through laboratory courses, field trips, and internships on the FVCC campus farm and in the community, the Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems program provides students with a hands-on, multidisciplinary experience in agriculture and food systems. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Describe the components and complexities of our modern food system;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of crop and livestock production methods;
  • Identify, diagnose and manage pests and diseases of crop plants and livestock;
  • Consider the whole-farm implications of their management decisions;
  • Safely and effectively operate farm machinery and equipment;
  • Describe various marketing opportunities in small and large-scale agriculture; and
  • Identify the necessary steps to start and operate a new business.

Required Courses

First Year

Second Year

First Semester Total: 15

Spring Semester

Second Semester Total: 17

Total Credits: 64

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Program Information

  • An internship is required for this program. Students must apply for internship placements for this program the prior semester. See Internships  for more information and application deadlines.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • Graduates can expect to find employment in a variety of agricultural jobs, including as plant/soil/animal science technicians, in agricultural sales/marketing, or as farm managers. Small-scale farming is one of the fastest growing sectors in agriculture, which presents opportunities for graduates to be self-employed farmers.

Advising Information:

Form more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center of the Faculty Advisor.

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                            
Russ Lamson Heather Estrada, Ph.D.
LRC 129 RH 108
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-4182


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