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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Agriculture - 17 courses
AGRI101 Introduction to Animal Science (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: Research and development of new technology and genetics has been implemented in the livestock industry to increase production of higher quality animals to feed an increasing world population. This course covers traditional animal breeds, methods of breeding and selection, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, growth, environment, health and sanitation, products and marketing, processing, production technology and economics, animal behavior and current issues in the animal science industry. The course will also introduce students to organic, natural and sustainable methods of livestock production. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.
Notes [ T] IAI: AG 902

AGRI102 Introductory Agricultural Economics (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: 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 US and world economies. Other topics include a survey of the world food situation, natural, human, and capital resources.
Notes [ T] IAI: AG 901

AGRI103 Ag Mechanization (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Larger farms, fewer farm operations and increased production goals have been possible by the implementation of new technology. Electronic sensors, remote observation and sophisticated control mechanisms have allowed increased data collection, greater capacity per operator, more efficient monitoring of varying operations and greater analysis opportunities. Discussion will revolve around power (tractors, generators, and electric motors), planters (precision placement, drill type and row spacing), harvesting equipment (cereal grain, oilseed, forage), storage structures for livestock, grain and equipment (plans, loads, construction materials and layout and design), field maintenance with fertilizer spreaders, sprayers and irrigation equipment (including calibration calculations), soil and water conservation operations including tillage equipment and soil drainage, surveying and drone scouting and mapping. Students will be exposed to information on practical applications of electricity, hydraulics, transmissions, plumbing, construction and welding principles. 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.
Notes [ T] IAI: AG 906

AGRI106 Computing Applications in Agriculture (FALL) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Introduction to computer hardware, file manipulation, printer, and the use of word processing, electronic presentations and communications, graphics, spreadsheet, database management, and web development software. Also includes solution of agriculture data-related problems and use of prepared software and templates.
Notes [ C] IAI: IAI 913

AGRI107 Intro to Ag Marketing and Sales (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Today’s competitive agribusiness climate demands well-trained sales specialists. This course involves the study of principles and practices of the selling process used in the food and agricultural industry. Coursework will focus on the human aspect of agribusiness including market analysis, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills. Students will gain experience through role-play, formal sales presentations, and experiences of local professional Agricultural salespersons.
Notes [ C]

AGRI108 Intro to Precision Ag (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Technological advances in the field of Agriculture has led to higher crop yields with less resource utilization. This course will introduce students to precision technology that is currently being incorporated into modern agricultural operations and new technology that is under research and development. Topics will include variable rate technology, GPS, GIS, yield monitoring systems, and soil sampling and testing.
Notes [ C]

AGRI109 Agriculture Technology (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Progressively, new technology has been merged with current technology to improve the environmental, economic and operational aspects of agriculture. This course will introduce students to precision technology that is currently being incorporated into modern agricultural operations and new technology that is under research and development. The course will discuss technologies used from the field to the kitchen and from the barn to the skillet.
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AGRI110 Intro to UAS Technology (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) has increased rapidly in various industries such as law enforcement, film and journalism, shipping and delivery, safety inspections, and agriculture. This course will cover drones and the technology of operation. Subjects will include history, UAS components, safety, applications, and FAA regulations. Lab will provide students an opportunity for hands-on experience with UAVs while receiving training for the FAA Drone License Part 107 exam.
Notes [ C]

AGRI111 Ag Safety (Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: Agriculture continues to be one of the most dangerous professions despite pushes for safety education programs and good farm practices. Agricultural workers face a variety of hazards from powerful machinery to confined spaces and livestock handling. This course will explore a variety of safety lessons including safe tractor and machinery operation, zoonoses, emergency preparedness, fire and electrical safety, and safe grain handling practices.
Notes [ C]

AGRI121 Introductory Crop (Plant) Science (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The basic principles of plant growth, including human and environmental influences and the theoretical and practical application of agronomic principles to crop production. Includes the historical and economic importance of crop plants for food, feed, and fiber; origin, classification and geographic distribution of field crops; environmental factors and agronomic problems; crop plant breeding, growth, development, and physiology; cropping systems and practices; seedbed preparation, tillage, and crop establishment; pests and controls; and harvesting. 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours
Notes [ T] IAI: AG 903

AGRI180 Introductory Soil Science (Fall) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: New technology has allowed more accurate mapping (GPS, GIS), soil identification, and fertility of soils which operators along with soil scientists can use to evaluate soil conservation and production factors. The course covers chemical, biological and physical properties of soils such as their origins, classification and distribution. Soil Science has an influence on agriculture economics, food production, conservation and an environmental impact as a limited resource. Current and new technology, along with an ever increasing population make it essential that the students comprehend the importance of maximizing production our soils while utilizing sustainable practices.
Notes [ T] IAI: AG 904

AGRI200 Agriculture Management (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Agriculture management looks at the economic, financial and planning phases of farm and retail agriculture businesses. Historic, current and future governmental programs have had and will have a significant influence on modern agriculture. Students in this course will investigate local, state, national and international influences in all aspects of the business enterprise. Key elements of the course will be instruction on budgets, purchasing, marketing and sustaining a viable agriculture business.
Notes [ C]

AGRI202 Supervised Occupational Experience (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: On-the-job training in agricultural related areas during the second semester.
Notes [ C]

AGRI205 Grain Handling and Storage (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The course covers aspects of handling, processing and storage of grain from harvest to its final destination. Students will learn the use of new technology in sampling, conveyance, drying, monitoring, and storage of grain on the farm and in a commercial facility. 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.
Notes [ C]

AGRI206 Grain Marketing (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: A study of grain marketing in the Midwest, using modern technology for data collection and real time market information, using cash, futures, hedging, price later, delayed price, basis and options contracts.
Notes [ C]

AGRI207 Agriculture Pesticides (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: This course is based around the foundation of an Integrated Pest Management System. IPM uses a system of biological, cultural, mechanical and chemical methods to achieve the greatest control of agricultural pests while protecting and sustaining the environment of soils, crops and non-target organisms. Technologically advanced monitoring and calibration equipment, auto steer equipment using satellite communications, and precision application techniques work hand in hand with traditional and genetically modified crops and livestock operations to make IPM methods successful. 3 lecture hours, 2 lab hours.
Notes [ C]

AGRI290 Supervised Occupational Experience (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: On-the-job training in agricultural related areas during the semester
Notes [ C]

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