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Agriculture Minor

Agriculture isn’t just for farmers — it’s a wide-ranging industry that impacts business professionals, scientists, engineers and others who trade and study crops, animals and their byproducts. If you need a well-rounded agriculture education to support your primary area of study — or to launch a side business or hobby — the University of Central Missouri’s Agriculture minor was designed with you in mind. Consider UCM’s Agriculture minor if you’re pursuing a business-related degree or a degree in one of these programs:

Get a well-rounded and convenient agriculture education

From horticulture and livestock production to agribusiness, you’ll study a wide variety of topics as part of your Agriculture minor to satisfy any interest. Our Warrensburg campus is located in the region’s heart of agriculture, providing you access to university-owned farms and facilities for a true hands-on education. If you need a bit more flexibility, we offer several online courses in Agriculture. Wherever you’re joining us from, you’ll get high-caliber instruction at some of the nation’s most affordable tuition rates.

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Dr. Michelle Santiago
Department Chair and Professor of Agriculture - Agribusiness
Grinstead (G) Building 235C
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-4361

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Agriculture

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Wide-ranging agricultural education

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20:1 average student-to-faculty ratio

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Dedicated computer lab for agriculture

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Full-time faculty of agriculture experts

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What you will study

The depth of UCM’s Agriculture minor will help you understand agriculture’s role in a global economy and the impact of national and world events on the industry. You’ll study a wide range of topics in courses such as:

  • Agronomy I: Row Crops
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Distribution and Marketing Agriculture Products
  • Agriculture Mechanics

UCM’s Agriculture minor aligns well with many careers. The Agriculture minor will develop you into a well-rounded agriculturist who, as a mechanical engineer, understands why farm equipment must work a certain way or, as a biologist, knows why plants need certain nutrients to grow, for example. 

Inside UCM’s classrooms for the Agriculture minor

In small classes on our Warrensburg campus, you’ll get the personal attention you need to strengthen your agricultural understanding. UCM’s Agriculture faculty hold advanced degrees and have a wealth of professional experience in their respective fields, providing expert guidance related to your specific agriculture interests.


Excellence in Agriculture

  • The University of Central Missouri is located in the heart of the region’s agricultural area and offers state-of-the-art farms and facilities covering over 500 acres. Work with livestock, crops and plants to get the hands-on education you need to make a difference in the world of agriculture.


Unique learning opportunities in agriculture

As an Agriculture minor, you’ll get classroom instruction, take part in agribusiness management group discussions and apply your learning in UCM labs and other agricultural facilities. You’ll have access to valuable resources and events, including:

  • Dedicated computer lab: Use UCM’s dedicated agriculture computer lab. You’ll have access to software and programs designed for the agriculture industry.
  • Teaching farms: Get real-world experience working with farm animals, row crops and horticulture crops on UCM’s two research and teaching farms.
  • Industry speakers: Learn from agricultural industry speakers in the classroom or virtually and gather professional advice to carry you into the future.
  • Field trips: Join us for off-campus visits to agriculture-related companies and government agencies to understand their operations and get a glimpse into what your career may look like.
  • Student organizations: Participate in student organizations specific to agriculture to make lifelong connections that will support you now and into your career. Your options include UCM Collegiate Farm Bureau, the Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society, the Agriculture Club and the Horticulture Club.


What can you do with an Agriculture minor from UCM?

Your goal for the Agriculture minor may be to launch a small beef production operation as a side business, to create a vegetable garden for household use or to get involved in your local farmers market. You may also wish to make agriculture your primary focus through work with organizations such as the Missouri Department of Conservation. Whatever your objective, the diverse and professional nature of UCM’s Agriculture minor program curriculum will prepare you to achieve it.

Support for your endeavors with an Agriculture minor

UCM’s Agriculture program faculty are invested in both your academic and professional success. Your interactions in the classroom will help them understand your career ambitions so they can help you with opportunities upon graduation. If you’re interested in working in the agricultural field, you can use the interactive tool below to view the possibilities that await you.




Financial assistance options for your Agriculture minor

Whatever your ultimate goal, completing an Agriculture minor in addition to your major program of study at the University of Central Missouri will enrich your life personally and professionally. To help you achieve this education and realize its benefits, UCM offers some of the region’s — and even the nation’s — most affordable tuition rates and has been recognized for low student debt by LendEDU. We also offer means to finance your education, ranging from loans and grants to work-study opportunities and scholarships. 

Search agriculture scholarships to help fund your UCM education

UCM and the Department of Agriculture, as well as alumni and other supporters, offer scholarships that can help finance your college education. Explore the UCM Scholarship Finder to see if you qualify.

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If you’re interested in studying living things or learning more about our environment, explore these other UCM minors to enhance your primary area of study:


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