Agriculture Program Is A Fit for the Area

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Bottineau, ND – Agriculture Management and Technology is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that prepares students for rewarding opportunities in agriculture. Dakota College at Bottineau understands the need of the critical workforce shortage in north central North Dakota. There are many employment opportunities with agronomy centers, farming or ranching operations, grain elevators, equipment and parts dealerships, state/federal agencies and numerous other employers in the agriculture industry.

Farmers markets and direct-sale farmer and grower operations are vital to communities and small businesses across North Dakota, and that's especially the case due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a CTE program, Agriculture Management is designed for individuals who are looking to advance their career opportunities and obtain practical, hands-on work experience. Dakota College provides hands-on experiences in and out of the classroom. Internships are available to students at local agribusinesses and on farms during the busy spring season introducing students to the latest agriculture technologies. Dale Kjorstad, Agriculture Management and Technology Student, knows he wants agriculture to be his way of life, “Learning from all the instructors here has been amazing. Getting to learn a lot more about stuff I’ve been doing my whole life has been really interesting”.

Noble Research Institute aims to focus its operations on regenerative agriculture with the primary goal to regenerate millions of acres of degraded grazing lands across the U.S.
North Dakota     • Fact:  At 2.3%, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the U.S. Historically, unemployment has always been low in the state. Most jobs are in agriculture, petroleum, and food processing.    ALSO READ: Weirdest Job in Every State

The newest addition to the Agriculture Management program is a certification of completion in small Unmanned Aircraft systems (sUAS).  The sUAS program was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate training Program (UAS-CTI).  According to Dr. Linda Burbidge, “Being a part of this initiative gives us the ability to make powerful connections with the sUAS industry leaders to help us better understand the skills and competencies that employers are seeking”. The courses cover the various aspects of sUAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning sUAS.

5. Agriculture production and management     • Unemployment rate:  0.7%     • Avg. salary:  $62,937     • BA holders with a master's degree:  10.8%     • BA holders in labor force:  112,886 Agriculture production and management majors learn how to run all aspects of farms and other agricultural businesses -- from economics and finances to use of natural resources -- during their undergraduate course work. Students who choose this major can opt to focus in different areas, including crop production, animal husbandry, sustainable agriculture, and aquaculture.  With a 0.7% unemployment rate among the 112,886 labor force participants who majored in the field, agriculture production and management offers an educational base for a stable career. Some of the most popular colleges offering this major are Texas A&M, North Dakota State University, and North Carolina State University.

Students have the option to complete an Agriculture Management and Technology certificate program (one year) or two-year associate degree program. A certificate of completion is also available in Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

K. William Boyer is the Managing Editor of the Devils Lake News Journal. He can be reached at kboyer@gannett.com, or by phone at (701) 662-2127.  

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