Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture offers students an opportunity for study and training in the foundation disciplines of agricultural business, animal science, and agronomy. The personalized, hands-on emphasis in the classroom exposes students to the application of current industry technology, scientific methodology, and business principles to provide a practical education in preparation for a variety of careers in the agricultural industry. An undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree program is available to students who choose to major in Agricultural Business or in Agriculture. The Agriculture major includes a focus on specialized areas of study in Agronomy, Animal Science, Beef Cattle Management, and General Agriculture. Students interested in a career in veterinary medicine often choose one of the agriculture degree programs as their major area of study while working to complete coursework in the pre-veterinary medicine curriculum. Advising for students interested in veterinary medicine is performed by department faculty.

Department of Agriculture

Courses

A brief history of the development of American agriculture. The role of agricultural colleges in business and industry is considered with emphasis on career opportunities for graduates in agriculture and related areas. F

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A general study of the livestock industry and its current problems. Emphasis is placed on its importance as a major phase of agriculture and related areas. F-S

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A study of the production principles of agronomic crops including propagation, growth, development, harvesting, storage, and utilization. Must be taken concurrently with laboratory.

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The laboratory course is designed to reinforce the basic principles covered in agri 112 agronomic crop science. Meets for two hours per week.

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Overview and basic introduction to the concepts, issues, and disciplines of study relating to the management and economic functions of agriculture and agribusinesses.

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The evaluation of livestock including comparative judging, grading, classification, and selection of beef cattle, swine, sheep, and horses. F-S

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The practices and processes of marketing agricultural goods, cash and futures prices, and commodity marketing techniques are examined. Attention is given to market organization and price analysis, marketing functions, standards and grading, and specific marketing practices related to crops and livestock.

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A continuation of AGRI 114 with additional emphasis on objective and subjective methods of evaluation using a combination of visual appraisal and performance records.

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A study of the nutritive value of feeds and nutrient requirements of all species of domestic farm animals. The effect of processing, environment, feed additives, and combination of nutrients on efficiency and level of production.

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An introduction to the fundamentals of the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils. Soil development, classification, distribution, and management are included. Course includes three 1 hour lectures with a 2 hour laboratory component.

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Application of accounting concepts and principles to farms and other agribusiness firms. Cash and accrual accounting methods, whole farm and enterprise analysis, income tax management, and electronic farm accounting technology are considered. Course includes two 1 hour lectures with a 2 hour laboratory component.

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This course will provide Agricultural Education students with an observation and participation experience in the high school/junior high school agricultural classroom. This experience will expose students to a variety of educational philosophies, goals, objectives and activities. Pass/No. Requisites: Completed AGRI 111, 112, or 113 and PERM

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Culture, propagation and pest control of ornamentals, vegetables, fruits and nuts grown for the home.

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Scouting, identification, and control methods of common insects found in agronomic crops.

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A study of forage crops for meadows, pasture, soiling, and silo with reference to establishment, adaptation, production, management, and improvement. F

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Training for participation on crops judging teams. Students learn: grain grading and seed analysis; crops, weed, and seed identification; and disease and insect identification.

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Application of the federal standards for grading farm crops and judging of grains and other crop products. Four hours of laboratory a week. S

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A study of production planning with budgeting, financial records, and the acquisition and use of resources for the individual farm-ranch business is emphasized.

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Advanced training in live animal evaluation. Designed for students interested in competing on FHSU livestock judging team. F-S

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A comparative study of the anatomy and physiology of the various productive systems and organs of the domestic farm animals. Two hours lecture and 1 hour recitation per week in addition to a 2 hour laboratory component.

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An examination of the economic characteristics of agriculture, American agricultural policies, and current policy topics. S

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Training for participation on soil judging teams. Students evaluate soils for agricultural productivity and for engineering purposes. D

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A supervised work-study program in agribusiness, animal science, or agronomy. Involves instructorstudent-employer consultation. F-S-SU

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A study of the meat industry and the production of retail red meat to enlighten the consumer as to the steps involved and the basis for determining price and quality. Consists of one hour per week of lecture and two hours of hands on work experience. D

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A study of agricultural commodity marketing, transportation and storage, using the agricultural futures and options markets. F

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An examination of laws, regulations, and case decisions that are of significance to the agricultural production, business, and food industries. Domestic agriculture and food policy will be discussed. General topics in contract, tort, and real estate law will be presented, as will specialized topics in business planning, water law, food regulation, environmental protection, animal and fence law, agricultural employment, and estate/succession planning.

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A course on the development of American agriculture from Native Americans to early colonial settlement through present times. Topics include social, economic and political developments and technological advances in US agriculture.

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An advanced course primarily focused on the applied use of Microsoft Excel in the agricultural business environment.

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This course is designed to offer, on an irregular basis, subjects in agriculture which are not a part of the regular curriculum. F-S-SU

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A study of methods of producing purebred and commercial sheep with emphasis on performance testing and feeding, physiology of reproduction, health programs, and general management under various systems of production. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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This course emphasizes the production of dairy cattle as influenced by genetic improvement, nutrition, reproductive physiology, herd health, and herd management. It will acquaint students with the dairy industry from production to retailing. Course includes two 1 hour lectures with a 2 hour laboratory component.

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Introduction to farm financial management, including financial intermediaries and information flows in agriculture, investment analysis, and financial alternatives for farm resource control.

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A study of the beef feedlot and stocker cattle industries including animal management, health, nutrition and feeding, handling, facilities, and risk management. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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A course designed to acquaint the student with the light horse as a livestock enterprise with emphasis on nutrition, reproduction, health, selection and management. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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Symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and methods of control of agronomic crop diseases.

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To develop an understanding of important principles underlying the practices used in the culture of agronomically important crop plants and to develop the ability to apply these principles in production strategies. Covered will be processes from seed germination to photosynthesis and water relations to flowering of important agronomic crops.

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A study of agronomic crop production principles for major crops in Kansas and the Great Plains region. Designed for students interested in crop consulting and general farming practices; included are insect, disease and weed identification, along with the study of irrigation, planting, and harvesting practices. A three-hour lecture with a requirement of one field trip during the semester.

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A study of diseases applicable to cattle, swine, sheep, and horses. The course will include principles of immunization to support the prevention and treatment of the diseases most often encountered in the large animal species common to the farms and ranches in the Midwest.

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Applied course studying the valuation of resources used in production agriculture, including basic valuation principles and concepts, and the appraisal of farm real estate with consideration given to the valuation of water and mineral rights. Problem sets and mock appraisals will be used to demonstrate the valuation process applied to farm real estate and related resources.

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A course on planning and conducting effective agriculture instructional programs. Topics include introducing instructional methods, techniques, devices and procedures used in disseminating agricultural information to youth and adult audiences. Requisites: Admission to Teacher Education required: PERM

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A capstone course for the agribusiness major designed to integrate agricultural sciences with economic and business management principles and practices, as applied to problems and decisionmaking activities, of agribusiness firms in a case study environement.

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Special topics in agricultural research will be assigned and oral reports will be made to other students and faculty. F-S

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A supervised, off-campus experiential learning opportunity providing in-depth, practical experience while working with cooperators in the beef cattle industry. Involves instructor-student -cooperator consultation.

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A comprehensive course presenting the principles, techniques and contemporary technologies that contribute to profitable production of beef cattle. This includes all areas of beef production from cow-calf to retail marketing.

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Techniques used in beef production with emphasis on genetic improvement through performance testing, nutrition, reproductive physiology, diseases of beef cattle, and general management under various systems of production. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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Techniques used in beef production with emphasis on genetic improvement through performance testing, nutrition, reproductive physiology, diseases of beef cattle, and general management under various systems of production. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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Methods of producing purebred and commercial swine with emphasis on performance testing and feeding, physiology of reproduction, health programs, and general management under various systems of production. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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Methods of producing purebred and commercial swine with emphasis on performance testing and feeding, physiology of reproduction, health programs, and general management under various systems of production. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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A study of irrigation as a farming practice in Western Kansas. Economic feasibility, costs involved, equipment needed, and agronomic practices will be considered. D

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A study of irrigation as a farming practice in Western Kansas. Economic feasibility, costs involved, equipment needed, and agronomic practices will be considered. D

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A study of the application of the principles of genetics to livestock improvement. The course begins with simple Mendelian inheritance and develops through statistical techniques used in the estimation of breeding value for quantitative traits. F

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A study of the application of the principles of genetics to livestock improvement. The course begins with simple Mendelian inheritance and develops through statistical techniques used in the estimation of breeding value for quantitative traits. F

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A study of the anatomy and physiology of sexual reproduction in domestic livestock. Course includes three 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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A study of the anatomy and physiology of sexual reproduction in domestic livestock. Course includes three 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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A scientific approach to the nutrition of monogastric and ruminant animals involving the mechanisms through which feed nutrients are utilized by these animals. Application of ration balancing techniques for livestock species.

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A scientific approach to the nutrition of monogastric and ruminant animals involving the mechanisms through which feed nutrients are utilized by these animals. Application of ration balancing techniques for livestock species.

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Digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients as related to maintenance, growth, lactation, and reproduction in ruminants.

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Digestion, absorption, and metabolism of nutrients as related to maintenance, growth, lactation, and reproduction in ruminants.

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A study of soil and climate adaption, production, improvement, protection, and utilization of the cereal, fiber, and oil crops of the world.

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A study of soil and climate adaption, production, improvement, protection, and utilization of the cereal, fiber, and oil crops of the world.

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Principles and practices of weed control. Identification of weed seeds, plants and families; action of herbicides; spray equipment calibration and herbicide calculations; herbicide safety, registration and regulation. Course includes three 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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Principles and practices of weed control. Identification of weed seeds, plants and families; action of herbicides; spray equipment calibration and herbicide calculations; herbicide safety, registration and regulation. Course includes three 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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Crop breeding and improvement. Management practices relative to the major field crops. Legume, cereal, and grass seed production.

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Crop breeding and improvement. Management practices relative to the major field crops. Legume, cereal, and grass seed production.

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An integration of the principles of agronomic science into productive cropping systems utilizing basic soil-plant-climate relationships. Special emphasis is given to the effect of soil erosion in semi-arid and sub-humid cropping practices. Conservation management techniques and land-use planning are emphasized. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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An integration of the principles of agronomic science into productive cropping systems utilizing basic soil-plant-climate relationships. Special emphasis is given to the effect of soil erosion in semi-arid and sub-humid cropping practices. Conservation management techniques and land-use planning are emphasized. Course includes two 1-hour lectures with a 2-hour laboratory component.

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Fundamentals of soil fertility and the manufacturing and use of chemical fertilizers as they relate to crop production and quality. F-S

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Fundamentals of soil fertility and the manufacturing and use of chemical fertilizers as they relate to crop production and quality. F-S

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A study of the physical properties of soils such as aeration, moisture, temperature, texture, and structure, as they relate to soil productivity.

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A study of the physical properties of soils such as aeration, moisture, temperature, texture, and structure, as they relate to soil productivity.

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An advanced study of the influence of soil-forming factors on soil development, methods of classification, data interpretation, and soil mapping. A field trip is included as an essential part of the course. Course includes two 1 hour lectures with a 2 hour laboratory component.

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An advanced study of the influence of soil-forming factors on soil development, methods of classification, data interpretation, and soil mapping. A field trip is included as an essential part of the course. Course includes two 1 hour lectures with a 2 hour laboratory component.

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An exposure to practical agriculture technology management tools including GPS, auto-steer, section controllers, remote sensing, telematics, and other crops and livestock technological applications. Emphasis will be placed on the collection and analysis of precision agriculture data.

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An exposure to practical agriculture technology management tools including GPS, auto-steer, section controllers, remote sensing, telematics, and other crops and livestock technological applications. Emphasis will be placed on the collection and analysis of precision agriculture data.

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To extend the student's knowledge in some phase of agriculture. Available to seniors who major or minor in agriculture.

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To extend the student's knowledge in some phase of agriculture. Available to seniors who major or minor in agriculture.

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Offered to seniors and majors in agriculture. Actual farm problems can be arranged in cooperation with farm superintendent or major adviser.

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Offered to seniors and majors in agriculture. Actual farm problems can be arranged in cooperation with farm superintendent or major adviser.

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Course is designed to provide practical experience in teaching, supervision, and administration in agriculture.

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Course is designed to provide practical experience in teaching, supervision, and administration in agriculture.

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Last updated: 09/04/2019