About Agricultural Systems Management
Agricultural systems management (ASM) is the study of how physical systems (machinery, electrical power, soil and water) can be most effectively used in modern agricultural production.
ASM blends the applications of physics, technology and physical systems with an emphasis on business management.
The modern agricultural and food industry depends on many complex, automated and mechanical systems for successful operation.
Whether it is a computer-controlled grain terminal on the Missouri River, a processing line at a food plant or an expensive combine used in production agriculture, the successful operation and management of these complex systems require people who understand the principles of physical systems including energy and power use, mechanical and electrical systems and computer systems.
Applying Agricultural Technology
ASM faculty conduct research in and prepare students for this field. In essence, this program provides a link between the researcher, designer, engineer, manufacturer and the consumer.
The curriculum combines applied agricultural technology with business and economics. Students gain real-world experience through internships and study-abroad opportunities.
ASM graduates are prepared for careers in agricultural and power manufacturing, equipment sales, food production and processing, and government.