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Agriculture Business

Agriculture Division

AGRI-10 AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, AND SOCIETY
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: AGBS-18; ENGL-A, ENGL-81; LRNR-30.
This course involves an international view of the sociology of agriculture presented through an examination of relationships between societies and their environments, economics, and agriculture. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of agriculture's use of technology and the corresponding impact on the environment, economy, and society on a global scale. (10/04)

AGBS-10 INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE BUSINESS
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84; MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course provides a basic understanding of the business and economics of the agriculture industry. Included is an introduction to the economic aspects of agriculture and their implications to the agricultural producer, consumer, and food system. The management principles encountered in the day-to-day operation of an agricultural enterprise are stressed as they relate to the decision-making process. (12/00)

AGBS-11 AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-A, ENGL-41; MATH-A.
This course serves as an introduction to the economic aspects of agriculture and the implications to local, state, national, and global markets. Students will learn the role of agricultural resources (land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship), major agricultural resource issues and their policy remedies, and economic factors that affect prices, supply, demand, and allocation of farm commodities. This class will explore the contemporary and historical place of agriculture and farmers in our economic, social, and political systems and their relationship to the consuming public. (10/04)

AGBS-12 AGRICULTURAL ACCOUNTING
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84; MATH 80 or MATH 83.
This course presents principles of agricultural accounting systems and type of records, their use, and how to compute and use measures of earnings and cost of production to improve agribusiness efficiency. Also included are farm income tax, Social Security, and employee payroll records. (12/00)

AGBS-13 AGRICULTURAL MARKETING
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84; MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course presents a survey of marketing aspects of the agricultural industry. It provides an overview of the structure and institutional aspects of the marketing system including global agricultural markets. Industry studies of the marketing of selected locally grown commodities will be made. (12/00) AGBS-14 FARM MANAGEMENT
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84; MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course covers the organization and operation of farm and ranch businesses, the identification of factors affecting profitability, and evaluation of the business for increased efficiency and profit, an application of budgeting to a laboratory farm, and independent analysis of a farm. (12/00)

AGBS-17 AGRICULTURAL SALES AND COMMUNICATION
3 units: 3 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84; MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course involves the study of principles and practices of the selling process: selling strategies and approaches, why and how people buy, prospecting, territory management, and customer service. Self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills necessary in developing managerial abilities, leadership qualities, and facilitating teamwork within the agribusiness sector will be explored. Students will gain experience through role-play, formal sales presentations, and job shadowing. (12/00)

AGBS-18 AGRICULTURAL COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
(CAN AG 2)
[CILC areas A,B,C,D,E,F,G] 3 units: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84; MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course explores computer use in the workplace with emphasis on agribusiness situations. Computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentation managers will be covered. Also included will be accessing information through the Internet and World Wide Web, telecommunications, and introduction to web page design, and other software appropriate to agribusiness. (12/00)

AGBS-30 AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP
2 units: 2 hours lecture.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84.
This course presents leadership theory as well as self-management, communication and interpersonal skills necessary in developing managerial abilities and leadership qualities, while facilitating teamwork within the agricultural industry. Included are group dynamics and human interactions associated with private, governmental, and non-profit agricultural enterprises. Practical experience will be gained through participation in a number of parliamentary, facilitative, and administrative activities with varying degrees of diversity between semesters. This course may be repeated three times. (12/00)

AGBS-31 AGRICULTURAL AMBASSADORS
1.5 units: 1 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84.
The purpose of this course is to train effective and efficient Agricultural Ambassadors. This highly specialized team of students will encourage higher education, agricultural awareness, and educational opportunities within Merced College's Agriculture Division. Students will develop confidence and speaking ability, prepare recruitment and teaching materials, and establish an on-call public relations system for prospective future students and members of the community. This course may be repeated three times. (2/02)

AGBS-49 AGRICULTURE BUSINESS: PROBLEMS
2 units: 6 hours arranged.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84; MATH-80 or MATH-83.
This course is designed for students interested in problems within the field of Agricultural Business. The problem areas will include, but not be limited to, management, marketing, accounting, commodities market, agriculture economics, taxation, and computer use. (12/00)

AGBS-70 A-Z SPECIAL TOPICS IN AGRICULTURE BUSINESS
0.5 - 4 units: 0-4 hours lecture, 0-12 hours lab.
Advisories: ENGL-81, ENGL-84.
This course is the study of basic principles, processes, and theories of the special topic being presented during the semester. (12/00)


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