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Business - Agriculture

Algonquin College
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Algonquin College

Program description

Business - Agriculture

Grow your business skills for a career in the increasingly complex agriculture industry.

The two-year Business - Agriculture Ontario College Diploma program combines agriculture with business and management training, providing you with the skills necessary to successfully operate a farming operation or to provide services to agricultural businesses.

Agriculture is an increasingly complex industry, with sophisticated agribusiness managers required to make decisions about crop/herd selection and improvement, pest and soil management, equipment maintenance, farm safety and agricultural production. At the same time, there is a growing need for skills and knowledge to apply management concepts related to agricultural financial administration, human resources, operational efficiency, government regulations, technology, sales and marketing.

Through this program, you examine agricultural techniques through a business lens. Focus on:

  • Developing fundamental research
  • Financial and operations skills to evaluate farm production methodologies
  • Technologies and systems in order to inform business decisions

You have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills through activities, simulations, case studies and interactions with professionals in active farm operations.

Admission requirements

Program eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 11 (MBF3C or equivalent).
  • International applicants must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either: (IELTS / TOEFL) IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) Overall 80, with a minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening 20; Speaking 20; Writing 20.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Success factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are well organized and can work effectively under tight time constraints.
  • Are team oriented and enjoy working with others.
  • Are dedicated to food safety and sustainability.
  • Are excited by the prospect of taking a hands-on approach to learning and interacting with industry partners and business leaders.

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Program content

Core courses include:

Level: 01

  • Business Computer Applications
  • Communications I
  • Plants, Soil and Fertilization
  • Farm Safety and Biosecurity Regulations
  • Introduction to Management Fundamentals
  • Basic Business Mathematics

Level: 02

  • Accounting
  • Crop Production Management I
  • Legislation and Agriculture
  • Equipment and Asset Management
  • Professional Selling
  • Animal Health and Nutrition

Level: 03

  • Livestock Business Operations
  • Economic Issues
  • Sustainable Practices in Agriculture
  • Crop Production Management II
  • Pest, Disease and Weed Management
  • Vegetable and Fruit Production Management

Level: 04

  • Accounting for Agribusiness
  • Dairy Business Operations
  • Communications for Agribusiness
  • Leadership in Society
  • Project Management for Business Start-Ups
  • Business Planning
  • Directed Project in Agriculture

Scholarships & funding

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Tuition fees

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Ontario College Diploma

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the impact of global issues on an organization`s business opportunities by using an environmental scan.
  • Apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization`s business initiatives.
  • Use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization`s business initiatives.
  • Apply basic research skills to support business decision making.
  • Support the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.
  • Perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
  • Explain the role of the human resource function and its impact on an organization.
  • Use accounting and financial principles to support the operations of an organization.
  • Describe and apply marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.
  • Outline principles of supply chain management and operations management.
  • Outline and assess the components of a business plan.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.
  • Analyze procedures, guidelines and best practices to ensure safe operation and maintenance of agricultural equipment to maximize the lifespan and ROI of farm assets.
  • Evaluate agricultural methods and technologies, based on physical environmental conditions and agricultural practices to promote efficiency, profitability and quality of production.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Continuing studies

Specific laddering opportunities

The Business-Agriculture program shares several common, core courses with other Business Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas at Algonquin College. As such, graduates of Algonquin Business Certificates and Diplomas who are admitted into the Business-Agriculture program, can receive credit for several shared courses.

Likewise, graduates of the Business-Agriculture Diploma may apply to other Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma programs and receive credit for shared and equivalent courses. Algonquin College School of Business programs that share several common core courses include Diplomas in Business-Accounting, Marketing and Management and Entrepreneurship as well as Advanced Diplomas in Business Administration- Accounting, Finance, General Business, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing or Supply Chain and Operations Management.

Career opportunities

Graduates may seek entry-level employment in a variety of companies and organizations that provide services in the agricultural sector, including businesses providing:

  • Agricultural supplies
  • Feed
  • Banking, accounting or logistical services
  • Process improvement or animal care support
  • Equipment and maintenance sales and services

Graduates may also find entry-level positions as agricultural equipment and supplies salesperson, agricultural customer support representative, technical sales specialist or agricultural financial or insurance associate.

About this institute

Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario


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