Integrated Agriculture & Food Systems

The Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems program will prepare students to develop and manage their own farm business, or to pursue careers in agricultural and horticultural science, sales, or production. While enrolled in the program, individuals will learn the fundamentals of crop, soil, and livestock management, along with the business skills  necessary to operate a farm enterprise. The program focuses on the integration of crop and  livestock production principles to create sustainable farming and food systems. Through  laboratory courses, field trips, and internships on the FVCC campus farm and in the  community, the Integrated Agriculture and Food Systems program provides students with  a hands-on, multidisciplinary experience in agriculture and food systems. Upon completion  of this program, students will:

  • Describe the components and complexities of our modern food system;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of crop and livestock production methods;
  • Identify, diagnose and manage pests and diseases of crop plants and livestock;
  • Consider the whole-farm implications of their management decisions;
  • Safely and effectively operate farm machinery and equipment;
  • Describe various marketing opportunities in small and large-scale agriculture; and
  • Identify the necessary steps to start and operate a new business.

Program Information

  • An internship is required for this program. Students must apply for internship placements for this program the prior semester. See page 22 for more information and application deadlines.

Additional Costs

  • There are lab fees associated with some of the classes in this program. They are listed in the semester schedule.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • Graduates can expect to find employment in a variety of agricultural jobs, including as plant/soil/animal science technicians, in agricultural sales/marketing, or as farm managers. Small-scale farming is one of the fastest growing sectors in agriculture, which presents opportunities for graduates to be self-employed farmers.


Dr. Heather Estrada
RH 108
(406) 756-4182

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.

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