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Agricultural Business Certificate

Agriculture and Natural Resources
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  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 21
  • Degree: Agricultural Business Certificate
The agricultural business certificate gives students a broad understanding of marketing techniques, livestock and grain commodities, financing, and economics of agriculture. This certificate provides students valuable information and skills regardless of whether they work in lending, consulting, sales, or run their own business.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.
Program Requirements
Agricultural Business Certficate Requirements
Required courses - 21 credits
AGEC 2530 - Professional Agriselling (3.0 cr)
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management (3.0 cr)
AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation (3.0 cr)
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing (3.0 cr)
MKTG 3300 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II (3.0 cr)
or AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records (3.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
COMM 3008 - Business Writing (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3704 - Business and Professional Speaking (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
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AGEC 2530 - Professional Agriselling
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Use of technical and agricultural knowledge in agricultural sales. Need-satisfaction approach to selling. Planning and conducting informational meetings, exhibiting at farm and trade shows, importance of service and timeliness in agribusiness, and practice in making agrisales presentations.
AGEC 3540 - Farm Business Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of farm accounting. Financial/income statements, cash flow statements, depreciation methods, farm income tax, enterprise analysis, farm management decision making, budgeting/planning, computer analysis of farm business. prereq: 2310 or Acct 2102
AGEC 3640 - Agricultural Finance and Valuation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of investment strategies and financing policies for farm and agribusiness firms. Liquidity, solvency, profitability. Financial documents, legal aspects of credit, financial intermediaries serving agriculture, property valuation, estate planning. prereq: 3540
AGEC 4740 - Grain and Livestock Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students develop commodity marketing plan for grain or livestock farming operations. Topics include cash markets, grid pricing, grade premiums/discounts, contracting, crop/livestock insurance, and futures/options.
MKTG 3300 - Principles of Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to marketing/strategic marketing process. Team development of marketing plan that implements product, pricing, distribution, promotional strategies. prereq: [Econ 2101 or 2102], [Psy 1001 or instructor consent]
ACCT 2102 - Principles of Accounting II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Modern accounting concepts. Cash flow statement. Analysis of financial statements. Management accounting topics, including cost-volume-profit analysis, and costing methods. prereq: 2101
AGEC 2310 - Agribusiness Financial Records
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Applied course in record keeping. Use of computerized system to record business transactions; manage agricultural inventories, receivables, payables, and payroll; and generate coordinated financial statements.
COMM 3008 - Business Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical application of writing effective business letters, memos, e-mails, faxes. Tables, other graphics. Informal/formal informational/analytical reports. Professional oral/Web presentations. Development of personal writing style. Practice of appropriate business tone, etiquette. prereq: Comp 1013 or 6 credits of writing
COMM 3704 - Business and Professional Speaking
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Developing proficiency in communication/presentation skills in business contexts. Preparing, selecting, organizing, designing, and delivering oral messages in business situations. Meeting/group facilitation, interviewing, and professional presentations. prereq: COMP 1013, SPCH 1101
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on organizational environment/human behavior. Human resource systems, motivating employees, leadership, managing change, job satisfaction, communication, group processes, interpersonal/group dynamics within organization.