Agri-Business AAS
SUNY Jefferson
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Agri-Business AAS

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Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career
  • Delivery: On-campus
  • Personal Interests: Agriculture, farming, business
  • Skill Building: Farm to table, farming management, agriculture marketing
  • Career Options: Agriculture industry, business owner
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5402

Increase your agricultural business 

The Agri-Business A.A.S. 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.

This program offers:

  • Best practices from others in the agriculture industry 
  • Networking opportunities with local farm and business owners
  • Ideas to implement in your own business


What you learn, you can apply

Graduating from the Agri-Business A.A.S. degree program you will be able to:

  • Understand the roles of agriculture in northern New York’s economy and employment
  • Marketing techniques for agribusiness products
  • Relate how technology impacts the agriculture industry
  • Analyze of how food systems and sustainability practices compare to traditional farming practices
  • Learn while doing through applied learning in various agriculture fields

Your career in agriculture & business

You will acquire transferable skills in agriculture, finance, and business management that can be used for careers with small farms, government organizations, or commercial businesses.

Jobs such as agricultural supply store manager, farm owner, agronomy technician, farm machinery salesperson are some options.

Agriculture is a major employer in the northern New York region. 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 this local 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.                   


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday


Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

Although the degree is designed to prepare you for a career when you graduate, some students choose to continue on to a bachelor's degree program.  We help make that easy too.   Jefferson has transfer agreements to make the process smooth, but your credits will transfer to most other schools.  Our formal transfer agreements for the Agri-Business A.A.S. program are:

  • SUNY Canton, Agribusiness Management B.B.A. 
  • SUNY Cobleskill, Agricultural Business Management B.T.


Degree requirements for Agri-Business A.A.S.

Effective Fall 2019

Agri-Business Requirements (19 credit hours)
Agri-Business Requirements (19 credit hours) Credit Hours
AGB/WIN 100: Northern New York Agriculture 3
AGB/CUL 105: Grow-Prep-Eat: Farm to Table 3
AGB 109: Survey of Horticulture Industry Applications 2
AGB 111: Survey of Agri-Business Technologies 1
AGB/WIN 207: Marketing and Sales of Agricultural Products 3
AGB 209: Trends in Agriculture 1
AGB 231: Agriculture Law and Regulations 1
AGB 275: Agri-Business Internship 3
ZOO 114: Domestic Animal Industries 2
Accounting/Business/Winery Marketing and Operations Requirements (16 credit hours)
Accounting/Business/Winery Marketing and Operations Requirements (16 credit hours) Credit Hours
ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 4
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 3
BUS 131: Principles of Management or
BUS 221: Human Resource Management
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 3
Business Elective or
Winery Elective1
Liberal Arts Requirements (20-21 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (20-21 credit hours) Credit Hours
BIO 105: Environmental Biology or 
BIO 111: Survey of Cell Biology or 
BIO 131: Principles of Biology 1
BIO 121: Animal Nutrition 2
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
STA 151: Public Speaking or 
STA 161: Interpersonal Communication
Economics Elective 3
English Elective2 3
Math Elective (MTH 125 or higher)3 3
Free Elective Requirements (5-6 credit hours)
Free Elective Requirements (5-6 credit hours) Credit Hours
Free Elective4 3
Free Elective4 2-3

Total Credit Hours 60-62


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
1Recommended BUS 150: Entrepreneurship  
2Recommended ENG 100, ENG 102 or ENG 218  
3Recommended MTH 133, 144 or 150  
4Recommended (ACC, BUS, ECO, WIN)  

Program Contacts

Shaunna Arnold

Associate Professor
(315) 786-2345

Dawn Robinson

Assistant Professor
Business Studies
(315) 786-2486