AGINDUS 5430 3 credits Quantitative Methods in Farm and Agribusiness
This course provides both introduction to and application of the quantitative tools often used in farm and agribusiness decision-making. The toolbox will include sampling and survey design, regression, correlation, tests for dependence, hypothesis testing, nonparametric techniques, linear programming, simulation, optimization, and others.
AGINDUS 5500 3 credits Agricultural Prices and Risk Management
Analysis of agricultural price trends; elasticity of demand and supply; seasonal prices; and price cycles, and price management tools and strategies. Understanding the theory of demand and supply; how they change; and the impact on agricultural prices. Understanding and applying the concepts of risk and risk management with special emphasis on price risk management.
AGINDUS 5520 3 credits Agricultural Law
An introduction to the historical background of law and legal institutions; various legal contracts; law pertaining to real and personal property; landlord and tenant arrangements; agricultural business arrangements, partnerships, corporations, and cooperatives; legal aspects of sales transactions; legal aspects of credit; governmental regulatory agencies.
AGINDUS 5530 3 credits Agricultural Commodity Marketing
Current marketing trends and problems, futures marketing and forward contracting, bargaining, international trade, current marketing issues of selected agricultural commodities.
AGINDUS 5830 3 credits Engines and Tractor Systems
Operating principles, maintenance, adjustment, and testing of gas and diesel engines used in agriculture. Analysis of tractor and power transmission systems.
AGINDUS 5850 3 credits Electrical Applications in Agriculture
Elementary electricity; planning of farmstead electrical systems; selection, operation, and maintenance of electrical equipment; application of electricity to heat, light, and power; emergency power generation.
AGINDUS 5900 3 credits Planning Cooperative Education in Agriculture
Determination of general program objectives and planning for the administration of all facets of the program, including curriculum development, instructional facilities and materials, supervised Agricultural Experience Programs and the F.F.A. Program of Activities (M.S.E.: Curriculum).
AGINDUS 5950 3 credits Soil and Water Conservation Engineering
Land description and characteristics of watersheds. Design, layout, and construction of waterways, diversions, terraces, and earthen structures.
AGINDUS 6400 3 credits Livestock and Meat Marketing
Economic analysis of principles and methods of marketing, evaluating and pricing meat animals, and the marketing and merchandising of meat and meat products for the beef, pork and poultry industries.
AGINDUS 6460 3 credits Agricultural Policy Seminar
The making of Agricultural, Food, Rural, and Environmental Policy including history, process, political dynamics, and players; the current state of legislative developments; and an evaluation of the economic, environmental, and social impacts of current and alternative policy.
AGINDUS 6500 3 credits Agribusiness Management
Management of the agribusiness firm including planning, organizing, coordinating, control and communication. Special emphasis is given to learning and decision-making through case studies including financial analysis, investments, organizational structure, etc.
AGINDUS 6520 3 credits Economics of Agricultural Production and Marketing
Application of agricultural production theory, optimum allocation of resources and products, analysis of resource shifts in agricultural production, economic theory of production, pricing, and marketing applied to the agricultural economy and industries.
AGINDUS 6560 3 credits Current Issues in Farm Management
Current problems and techniques in analyzing and managing the farm business firm. Topical areas include tax management, machinery management, farm leases, estate planning, farm partnerships, and corporations, and farm expansion.
AGINDUS 6620 2 credits Agricultural Commodity Price Forecasting
Analyze basic commodity price fluctuations. The three major approaches include technical, fundamental, and behavioral analysis. Primary emphasis involves charting theory.
AGINDUS 6640 2 or 3 credits Current Issues in Agricultural Industries
The course content will vary with each offering based on issues identified for specific class. Examples of probable issues include commodity marketing analysis for hedging and forward pricing; agricultural finance; and farm/agribusiness marketing and management.
AGINDUS 6690 3 credits Hydraulics and Machinery Engineering
Hydraulic principles, components and systems. Management, operation, adjustment, and maintenance of agricultural machinery.
AGINDUS 6790 3 credits Materials Handling and Energy Seminar
Principles and applications of handling agricultural products. Sales, service, employment opportunities, and special problems relating to agricultural, environmental, and energy systems.
AGINDUS 6890 3 credits Structures and Environmental Control
Planning and construction of agricultural buildings with respect to functions, esthetic and environmental aspects; construction components; material utilization; moisture and heat transmission, ventilation system design, and physiological effects of environment on animals and crops.
AGINDUS 6930 3 credits Teaching Cooperative Education in Agriculture
Application of the teaching-learning process to education in agriculture, including methods of instruction, the computer and other instructional media, preparation of teaching plans, and experiencing teaching through role playing (M.S.E.: Foundations).
AGINDUS 7000 3 credits Research Procedures
Definition of problems and issues, critical examination of the research literature, review of trends in curricula and methods, and planning of experimental investigations (M.S.E.: Research).
AGINDUS 7320 3 credits Market Organization and Competition
Development of industrial organization, which includes market structure, firm behavior and economic performance of industrial and service firms; product differentiation, market concentration, product development and patents, pricing strategies, research and development, advertising and profitability measures; merger and consolidations; economic analysis concerning plant size and technology; and legal considerations of government regulation and public policy.
AGINDUS 7350 3 credits Industrial Operations and Management
This course deals with the general principles of business management that should provide a solid foundation for a successful business. Specific operations management topics may include production/operation, inventory/warehousing, marketing and sales, advertising, credit/finance, and human resource and risk management.
AGINDUS 7360 3 credits Agricultural Sales and Service
The development and nature of selling; characteristics and motivation of the customer; the selling process and its place in the marketing function; ethical and legal considerations; sales management.
AGINDUS 7370 3 credits Computer Applications in Industry
The theory and application of the use of computers and related technology in business data processing, accounting, payrolls, production control, inventory control, budgeting, communications, and other management decisions. P: A computer background equivalent to COMPUTER 1830 or instructor approval required.
AGINDUS 7400 3 credits Current Issues in Agriculture
A presentation and round table discussion of current topics and issues facing today’s agriculture.
AGINDUS 7410 3 credits Adult Education in Agriculture
Characteristics of the adult learner; historical and current perspectives of adult education; the agencies, institutions, and methods employed in continuing education of adults; the motivations and activities of adult learners. (M.S.E.: Learner; Instruction; Foundations.)
AGINDUS 7430 3 credits Seminar in Agricultural Education
Consideration of trends in agricultural education; establishing priorities, deriving objectives; the selection of instructional materials and the preparation of instructional resource units consistent with the express objective of the course. (M.S.E.: Instruction).
AGINDUS 7920 0-2 credits Seminar Paper Research
AGINDUS 7980 1-4 credits Independent Study in Agriculture
The amount of graduate credit allowed for independent study may not exceed a total of four credits except with the special permission of the student's advisor and the graduate dean. Approval must be secured before independent study courses are begun. Students who register for independent study must submit at or before registration a description signed by the instructor conducting the independent study of the subject to be covered. Independent study may not be used for collecting information for the seminar paper.
AGINDUS 7990 3-6 credits Thesis Research