Agricultural Systems Management
Like working with machinery, technology, and crop and livestock production? Have superior people, creative thinking, and problem solving skills? Build a career in the agricultural and food production industry with a degree in Agricultural Systems Management at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
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- Hands-on experience working with machinery, technology, and livestock productions.
- Experts visit classrooms to bring both real-world experiences and offer solutions to student’s questions.
- Computers and similar technologies are utilized to explain details regarding Precision Agriculture and economic-based systems.
- Work in the fields near campus using the latest agricultural production practices.
In mid-October 2017, Assistant Professor Paul Aakre took his precision agriculture students to local farmer and precision agriculture expert Gary Wagner's soybean field to observe and learn about the relationship between GPS guidance, yield monitors, field mapping, and the digital history of a field. Wagner, a pioneer in computer technology in agriculture, is an adjunct teaching specialist in Agricultural Systems Management. View a Facebook gallery of the experience.
Students from across a number of agricultural majors gained practical experience during an Ag Systems Management lab involving preparing for and pouring of a concrete slab. The slab is located near the campus vegetable garden and will serve as an area for cleaning produce. The lab was taught by Nathan Purrington, a lecturer in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department in early October 2017. View a Facebook gallery of the experience.
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Program Requirements & Curriculum
To view the current Agricultural Systems Management, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
The Agricultural Systems Management major offer four areas of emphasis:
- Bio-fuels and Renewable Energy Technology
- Farm and Ranch Management
- Power and Machinery
- Precision Agriculture
Also, we offer a minor in Agricultural Systems Management:
Associated Clubs & Organizations
Associated Clubs & Organizations
Graduates from the Agricultural Systems Management program are prepared to work with businesses that deal with production, processing, and distribution of agricultural commodities and related equipment. With an opportunity to get their hands dirty, gain hands-on experience in both the classroom and fields located near campus, a degree in Agricultural Systems Management from the University of Minnesota Crookston opens doors to a career in countless agricultural-related professions.
UMC Agricultural Systems Management Farm Family The job demand for Agricultural Systems Management majors is soaring with an average salary ranging from $35,000 and up depending according to the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering (FABE). Following graduation, students may seek careers with major employers such as John Deere, CHS Ag Services, Titan Machinery, Caterpillar, USDA Farm Service Agency, Private Banks, Ag.CO, Simplot, Pioneer, Crystal Sugar, and more.
Students are instructed in engineering and business principles for preparation as technically competent business persons for professional Careers as:
- Farming and ranching
- Agriculture financial groups
- Farm Credit Services
- Farm Service Agency
- Energy industries
- UMC Agricultural Systems Management Michael Kitchell with Cows Agriculture equipment industries
- Livestock and crop production industries
- Agriculture insurance agencies
- Plant managers in food processing and manufacturing
Joseph Arnold (right), a 2017 graduate of the U of M Crookston with a B.S. in Agricultural Systems Management, has been named FFA’s American Star Farmer for 2017. Arnold works with his parents on their family farm near Holloway, Minn. The FFA American Star Awards for outstanding accomplishments in FFA and agricultural education are presented at the National FFA Convention and Expo. This year that event was held October 25-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Learn more at www.ffanewhorizons.org/2017/10/26/joseph-arnold-is-the-2017-american-star-farmer.
For the fourth year in a row, the Ag Mechanics Team (above) from the University of Minnesota Crookston placed first at the NACTA judging contest. Corey Peterson, a senior majoring in agricultural systems management took first place individual honors in the contest. Other members of the team include seniors Chad Roisland, Emil Waskow, and Luke Lundeby.
The 2015 NACTA competition was held at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., April 8-10, 2015. The Ag Mechanics team beat seven other teams including those from Northwest Missouri State University, Ohio State University, and West Texas A&M.
The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) is a professional organization advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental, natural and life sciences: www.NACTAteachers.org.
Hometown: Vergas, MN
Major: Ag Systems Management (ASM)
UMC Clubs/Organizations: Crookston Student Association President, Ag Industries & Animal Science Association
What do you find most engaging about the ASM major?
The thing I find most engaging about the ASM major is the broad opportunities available after graduation. I feel I will be prepared for nearly any job in agriculture, and also with the ability to work in a job I enjoy.
How did you decide to attend the U of M, Crookston?
My choice leading up to picking UMC was the campus and class size. Both of those factors fit me well, and I now find it hard to imagine myself anywhere else.
What do you like most about the campus?
The entire experience is the best. From campus size, students, to faculty and staff, the experience at UMC is second to none.
Describe your interaction with the faculty and staff on campus?
My interaction with faculty and staff is outstanding. Faculty and Staff are very approachable and easy to talk to. It really adds to an already great experience.
What has being involved in the Straight Vegetable Oil (SVO) research meant to you or your career?
Being involved in SVO research has shown to me that hard work will pay off. Certain times I have felt overwhelmed with work, but I know there will be benefits working on research that only a select few others are attempting. Learn more about Thomas's SVO Research >>>
Why would you recommend that others attend the U of M Crookston?
I’d recommend UMC to anyone looking for a University of Minnesota Degree, along with the opportunities to get involved, have a hand at leadership, doing research, or building a great network of friendships.
Hometown: Minnewaukan, ND
Major/Emphasis: Ag Systems Management, Precision Ag Emphasis
Employer/Position: Schmid Farms - Precision Ag Specialist/Co-Owner
"The ASM program at UMC has given me a well-rounded education that I can use in production agricultural today and in the future. Extensive hands-on opportunities and the low instructor to student ratio made my experience at UMC very enjoyable. I would recommend the ASM program to anyone who is interested in agriculture."
Nathan Shaw, '10, Agricultural Business and Agricultural Systems Management - Farm & Ranch Management Emphasis. He says, "The Ag industry demands an individual with a well rounded, vast knowledge base in agriculture. My degrees in Agricultural Systems Management (ASM) and Ag Business helped shape me into the individual that companies like Titan Machinery are looking for, which in turn has allowed me to advance to a great start as a Precision Ag Specialist.” Read his story!
Note: Story used with permission - ASABE, November/December 2011 Resource Magazine
Hometown: Ada, Minnesota
Major/Emphasis: Ag Systems Management, Farm and Ranch Management Emphasis
Employer: USDA Farm Service Agency - Farm Loan Officer
“The Ag Systems Management degree enabled me to obtain a career with the United States Department of Agriculture”
Hometown: Rosevelt, MN
Major: Ag Systems Management - Biofuels and Renewable Energy & Agronomy
Exceptional Innovation: Making Oil for the Future
Jade Estling, a double major in agricultural systems management, has worked with Assistant Professor Paul Aakre on the bio-diesel project as part of an undergraduate research project. Generating creative solutions to problems is often the result of experimentation and study by experts in a field.
Hometown: Sebeka, MN
Major/Emphasis: Ag Systems Management -Precision Agriculture and Power & Machinery
Employer/Position: Titan Machinery - Fergus Falls, MN - Precision Farming Specialist
"The ASM Degree at UMC gave me the skills needed to work in the ever changing precision ag field, and gives me the opportunity for career advancement."
The UMC Advantage
The UMC Advantage
Small Campus. Big Degree.
Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.
Learning and Doing
At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.
Caring Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.
A Technology-Rich Environment
At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.
Internships, Job Placement and Grad School
More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.
Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.
Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.
One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options
Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.
Leadership, Clubs and Athletics
Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…
In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.
A Diverse, Global Experience
The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.
Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.