Diversified Agriculture

What happens when you plant the same crop in the same field, year after year? After a while, the nutrients get sapped from the land and you are left with peanuts.

Diversification is an important part of anyone’s financial freedom, but you don’t want to spread yourself too thin. This program provides a balance of animal, plant, and soil sciences with business and management training to ensure you graduate ready to meet these complex challenges. In your first semester, we’ll get you out in the field (literally) working with agriculture experts to improve farming in Vermont.

The program focuses on the use of synergistic biological processes to foster a reduction in the need for, and subsequent use of, off-farm inputs. Classroom Instruction focuses on the practical application of agricultural science in Vermont.

A student with a Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture will be able to:

  • Understand livestock nutrition and the ration formulation process
  • Understand reproduction and genetics and implement a breeding program
  • Design, plan, and implement a garden
  • Balance a nutrient budget
  • Competently identify and treat common New England weeds and pests
  • Understand the operational details of various forms of New England agriculture
  • Competently recognize livestock disease
  • Understand the agriculture industry and represent it knowledgeably
  • Raise and store common New England forages
  • Manage an agriculture operation budget
  • Assess an agricultural business and recognize potential investors
  • Write a business plan for an agricultural operation
  Fall Electives       Spring Electives  
AGR 1061 Burls to Boards 3   AGR 1030 Reproduction & Genetics 3
AGR 2011 Dairy Herd Management I 4   AGR 2011 Dairy Herd Management I 4
AGR 2012 Dairy Herd Management II 1   AGR 2012 Dairy Herd Management II 1
AGR 2040 Forage Production 3   AGR 2040 Forage Production 3
AGR 2050 Large Animal Diseases 3   AGR 2050 Large Animal Diseases 3
AGR 2510 Brewing 3   AGR 2060 Beef Production† 3
AGR 2512 Distilling Spirits Production 2   AGR 2514 Mushroom Gathering 2
AGR 2519 Cheesemaking 2   AGR 2517 Wildcrafting 2
AGR 3030 Advanced Dairy Nutrition† 3   AGR 3020 Advanced Livestock Production† 3
AGR 3110 Applies, Berries, & Bees† 3   AGR 3040 Maple Production 3
BIO 1020 Environmental Biology 4   BIO 2030 Plant Pathology 3
BIO 2040 Entomology 3   DSL 1050 Preventative Maintenance 3
DSL 1010 Steering & Suspension 4   DSL 1070 Diesel Electrical Systems Lab 1
DSL 1030 Diesel Electronics Lab 1   DSL 1110 Heavy Duty Brake Systems 3
GTS 1120 Vehicle Electronics 3   EQS 4110 Equine Health & Disease† 3
LAH 1030 Woody Ornamentals† 3   GTS 1040 Vehicle Electrical Systems 3
LAH 2020 Plant Propagation 3   LAH 1040 Greenhouse Management 3
LAH 2030 Herbaceous Plant Materials† 3   MEC 1190 Advanced Welding Processes 3
MEC 1020 Manufacturing Processes 2   VET 1020 Animal Anatomy & Physiology 4
MEC 1180 Introduction to Welding Processes 3        

Courses marked with † are offered every other year.

Careers in Diversified Agriculture

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
84%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
57,900
Job projections
5,679
Openings

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: USDA). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: USDA). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)



Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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  • Parmelee Farm Vermont Tech
  • VT Homestead Cheese
  • Market Gardener Snowmaking Operations
  • Cheesemaker

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