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 Requirements

See the Academic Catalog.


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

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

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