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Agri-Business, A.A.S.

The Program

The Agri-Business degree program is designed to provide technical and business training for established local business enterprises and to increase their profitability and expand their customer base outside of the greater Jefferson-Lewis County areas with educated and well-trained staff.  The program consists of core requirements in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in addition to an in-depth concentration in agri-business and business administration. Major emphasis is placed upon agri-business operations, marketing, sales and management of agricultural products.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Agri-Business A.A.S. degree program will:

  • Identify and discuss the roles of agriculture in Northern New York’s economy and employment.
  • List and describe approaches and techniques of marketing agribusiness products.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of technologies available and their impact on the agriculture industry.
  • Develop and demonstrate understanding of food systems, sustainability practices and compare them to traditional farming practices.
  • Demonstrate applied learning techniques to the various agriculture related fields.

Career Opportunities

Students who have graduated from the associate degree program in agribusiness will acquire skills in agriculture, finance, and business management that can be used for careers with small farms, government organizations, or commercial businesses. Potential job titles in this field include the following:

  • Agricultural supply store manager
  • Farm owner
  • Agronomy technician
  • Farm machinery salesperson

Employment Outlook

Agriculture is a major employer in the North Country region of New York State. According to a study titled “Agriculture-Based Economic Development in NYS: Trends and Prospects” published by the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management of Cornell University, the agriculture and food system employment in the North Country region of New York State totaled 5,044 jobs in agricultural production, 1,307 jobs in food and beverage manufacturing, and, if clustered with employment in chemical and equipment manufacturing and related food and beverage retail, the total direct and agriculture related employment in the North Country region accounts for 24,551 jobs.

Transfer Opportunities

Although the program is designed to prepare graduates to enter the workforce after completing the Associate degree, many of our graduates choose to pursue a baccalaureate degree.  Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs. Currently, formal agreements exist with:

SUNY Cobleskill, Agricultural Business Management BT
SUNY Canton, Agribusiness Management B.B.A.


Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2015)
Credit Hours
Agri-Business Requirements (19 Credit Hours)
AGB/WIN 100 Northern New York Agriculture
AGB/CUL 105 Grow-Prep-Eat: Farm to Table
AGB 109 Survey of Horticulture Industry Applications
AGB 111 Survey of Agri-Business Technologies 1
AGB 207 Marketing and Sales of Agricultural Products
AGB 209 Trends in Agriculture
AGB 231 Agriculture Law and Regulations
AGB 275 Agri-Business Internship
ZOO 114 Domestic Animal Industries
Business/Winery Marketing and Operations Requirements (19 Credit Hours)
ACC 101 Accounting Principles 1
BUS 112 Introduction to Business
BUS 124 Marketing or WIN 201 Winery Marketing and Management
BUS 131 Principles of Management or BUS 221 Human Resource Management
BUS 160 Spreadsheet Applications
Business Elective or Winery Elective
Liberal Arts Requirements (20-21 Credit Hours)
ENG 101 Research and Composition
English Elective
Math Elective (MTH 125 or Higher)
BIO 105 Environmental Biology or BIO 111 General Biology or BIO 131 Principles of Biology 1
Economics Elective
STA 151 Public Speaking or STA 161 Interpersonal Communication
BIO 121 Animal Nutrition
Free Elective  2-3


For More Information

Alissa Donnell, Assistant Professor of Agri-Business

Application and Admissions Information:

Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522