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Agribusiness combines instruction in the agricultural sciences and business with particular emphasis on business practices and the management of agricultural production. By combining these areas, the program meets agribusiness competencies essential for today’s production agriculture, and provides students expertise to allow them to enter management levels in agribusiness firms. In addition, a broad range of elective courses allows our students to structure a program consistent with their personal interests and goals.

ECC’s versatile Agribusiness program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree that prepares graduates for employment directly after graduation or for transferring their ECC credits to complete a baccalaureate/bachelor’s degree at a university. This program includes three paid on-the-job training internships that have proven to be invaluable to our students for professional networking, building their resumes, and getting their foot in the door to make a great impression on a local employer.


As the long-term trend toward consolidation into fewer and larger farms continues, the employment of agricultural managers will increase. Whether large scale or small scale, farms need business-oriented people to manage them efficiently. Possible careers include agricultural managers, coop managers, purchasing agents and buyers of farm products, hatchery management, cash grain farmers, livestock producers, soil conservationists, commodity brokers, grain inspectors, livestock buyers, market analysts, sales representatives, animal nutritionists, farm management consultant, credit analysts, ag research, ag publication writing, and farmstead/livestock/crop insurance agents. Employers may include large-scale or smaller farm operations, coops, greenhouses and nurseries, extension services, feed companies, insurance agencies, ag publications, governmental agencies and education.


ECC’s Agribusiness (AAS) degree program is designed to transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Students who plan to transfer their credits are encouraged to visit with an admissions representative or academic advisor of the college or university to which they plan to transfer to ensure that the transfer of their ECC credits is seamless and complete.

The majority of ECC’s Agribusiness majors transfer to Iowa State University, Northwest Missouri State University, and South Dakota State University, among others.

Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State, UNI and Iowa

ECC participates in the Admissions Partnership Program with Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa to enable ECC students to transfer credits seamlessly to any of the state universities. Participants are dual-enrolled at ECC and the university with access to academic advising and student services at both institutions. The universities guarantee admission into the desired degree program, provided all requirements are met. Ask the ECC Admissions Office for more information!


  • ECC’s agriculture students maintain a 133-acre farm near the College, where they experience hands-on learning at its best.
  • The College offers generous scholarships and financial aid packages … there are many agriculture scholarships available, including the Bob & Arlene Hamilton Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships, which cover nearly a full year’s tuition and fees!
  • What students appreciate about ECC is our smaller class sizes, which results in more one-on-one attention from the instructor and greater classroom success.
  • Our Ag Science Club is a blast … activities include involvement in Iowa and National Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS) leadership conferences, field trips, service projects, parties, and more.
  • Professor Kevin Butt has been recognized nationally as one of four Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Education Teachers in the United States.

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Kevin Butt

Kevin Butt

Kevin grew up on a farm just outside of Iowa Falls and still helps with the family farm operations. He graduated from Ellsworth in 1990 with...

Kevin grew up on a farm just outside of Iowa Falls and still helps with the family farm operations. He graduated from Ellsworth in 1990 with an Associate’s degree in Ag Science, then transferred to Iowa State University, where he graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Ag Education and Animal Science. Kevin spent several years working...

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