With a solid background in technology and management, agricultural systems management (ASM) students develop skills for managing people, money and machines efficiently.
Through the combination of business principles and a knowledge of the latest technology, ASM students develop the skills necessary to
become successful in sales, service, product development and environmental management positions with agribusinesses.
Students learn the basics of handling, storing and processing agricultural crops and materials. Students interested in production agriculture emphasize precision agriculture and environmental protection.
ASM offers four emphasis areas including:
- Natural Resources and Environment
Careers in natural resources and environment include water handling and irrigation systems, animal waste management systems and watershed equipment. Employers may include state agencies such as Department of Natural Resources or Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation Service and agribusinesses involved in pesticide application and crop protection services and commercial farming operations.
- Materials Handling and Crop Processing
Employment opportunities abound with grain elevators and mills, food processing plants and agribusinesses handling fertilizers and feeds. While in school, ASM students learn the basics of handling, storing and processing agricultural crops and materials. Classes cover equipment for harvesting, handling and processing crops.
- Power and Machinery Systems
Management of machinery and power transmission systems are critical for the food production industry. Advancements in computers, electronics and hydraulics make precision control of machines an emphasis in new product development. Sensors, monitors and satellites make it possible to gather and process field data for precise application of fertilizers, chemicals and water. These new technologies require highly trained and skilled graduates for leadership and management.
- Production Agriculture
Some graduates may choose production agriculture to apply their training and experience. The program provides students with basic knowledge in crop handling and processing, irrigation and water systems management, and environmental and crop protection, which are key elements to managing a production agriculture operation. In addition, special emphasis is placed on critical and emerging technologies such as precision agriculture, improved pesticide application and modem equipment power systems.