DEGREE TYPE: Associate of Science
COURSE PLAN: Four Semesters
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Agribusiness and food science are one of Minnesota’s most important industries and provides a variety of related career opportunities. The programs at Riverland offer you opportunities to get the education and experiences needed to enter this growing field. Many agricultural and food science students go directly into the workforce after completing courses at Riverland, while others continue on with their education. Should you decide to transfer to a four-year college after completing your courses or program at Riverland Community College, there are several options available to you.
This degree program prepares students to work with agricultural industries such as food, fiber, and animal research, production, and processing; under supervision, conduct tests and experiments to improve yield and quality of crops or to increase the resistance of plants and animals to disease or insects.
Graduates may seek employment in areas such as crop management, agronomy, farm management, and other agricultural careers.
Sample job titles:
Labor Demand Data:
Job projection in SE MN for 2014-2024 is 8.4% increase (mostly replacement of existing workers)
Mean wage for SE MN: $19.87/hr
The Center for Agricultural and Food Science Technology is a collaborative space open to students to study, meet faculty and learn about Agriculture and Food Science Technology. The Center is home to a Combine Simulator and robotic seed bed. In Spring 2018, the college opened its new Agriculture and Food Science Lab in Austin West Campus.
The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education. There are three agricultural science specific scholarships available:
For information contact the Riverland Foundation.
Riverland’s Agricultural and Food Science Technology Club is the only club in the state combining Collegiate FFA with Post-Secondary Opportunities in Agriculture (PAS). Members of the club participate in service projects and leadership opportunities. Opportunities include Feed a Farmer, Career Fair, MN FFA alumni Regional Leadership Conferences, Growing Acres Conference and visits to local agribusinesses