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Agriculture

Course Descriptions

AGR 101 Agriculture Orientation 3-0-3
This course is designed as an introductory course for students wishing to learn more about the Missouri agriculture industry. This is a required freshman course to orient the students to Moberly Area Community College and assist them in clarifying their agriculture career and transfer goals. Students will also study agriculture issues, farm safety, and the various agriculture sectors important to Missouri agriculture businesses.

AGR 120: Agricultural Safety and Processes 3-0-3
This course emphasizes safety organization, fire safety, materials handling, federal regulations, and current issues in agriculture safety. The student can receive an OSHA 10 Card upon successful completion of the requirements. The course will also introduce the student to the agriculture manufacturing industry including industrial terminology; lean manufacturing; material processes; Six Sigma; supply chain management; and design, engineering, and quality management systems including the concepts of the Toyota Production System. Students will also participate in job shadowing experiences with local industries.

AGR 131: Agriculture Mechanics and Topics 2-2-3
This course provides a basic survey of agricultural and industrial practices to include preventive maintenance concepts used by technicians and farmers in the installation, troubleshooting, and repair of mechanical systems and machines found in the agriculture industry along with agriculture commodity handling procedures. Topics include mechanics’ tools and practices; operating concepts and principles of mechanical equipment; and systems-gears, bearings, seals, and mechanical drive systems. Students will also learn about land topography and leveling and will be introduced into precision agriculture and grain handling.

AGR 141: Plant Science 3-2-4
An introductory course focusing on economically important crop and horticulture plants. Areas of study will include plant anatomy, physiology, growth and development and other related topics. Extensive lab work including plant identification, growth and nutrition will be required.

AGR 151: Animal Science 2-3-4
An introductory course discussing the principles of animal science and the livestock industry including nutrition, production, breed identification, disease prevention, and anatomy and physiology of economically important food animals. Labs will include hands-on experience in different agriculture settings dealing with various livestock.

AGR 202: Crop Production 3-2-4
This course acquaints the student with advanced practice row crop management with a primary focus on corn and soybeans. Areas of study include forage production, plant development, variety selection, seedbed preparation and planting, pest management, harvesting, and storage of grain. Students will learn how to create field boundaries, import imagery, and import soil and yield data, as well as how to run complex analysis from inputs using precision agriculture software. Prerequisite: AGR141 Plant Science, BIO101 Biology, OR BIO151 Introductory Plant Biology

AGR 245: Advanced Precision Agriculture   2-2-3
This course implements the use of GPS technology, vehicle navigation guidance systems, variable rate technology, and application of chemicals. Students will learn how to create field boundaries, along with utilizing yield and soil data so proper analysis can be made. The course will use precision agriculture software. Prerequisite: AGR202 Crop Production

AGR295 Agriculture Internship 0-(6-18)-(2-6)
This course is designed to provide students real-life work experiences through on-the-job training with a field-related cooperating employer in the student’s declared major. Students will be supervised by the business/industry sponsor and report to the Director of Career and Technical Programs or assigned faculty member. The position may be paid or unpaid. Students must complete a minimum of 45 contact hours per credit hour per semester. Course is variable credits and may be repeated for up to six credit hours. Prerequisite: Minimum of 30 credit hours, with at least 18 credits of core classes in the program area, 2.50 GPA, and/or approval from the Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education or Director of Career and Technical Programs.