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The Business of Farming

Agriculture is the single largest employer in  the world.

About 30% of the 3.3 million farm operators are women.

Earn a median salary of  $68K per year.


There are two sides to successful farms; the production side and the business side. Some people raise livestock, horses, etc. in barns and some people plant crops in fields. Some farmers obviously do both. 

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with a concentration in Agriculture Business is offered at our Fayetteville campus as part of the Agriculture Science 2+2 with Tennessee State University (TSU). Graduates have the option to complete their bachelors degree with TSU at Motlow’s Fayetteville campus. 

Agricultural business, also known as agribusiness, is the farming, management, production, and marketing of agricultural commodities, such as livestock and crops. The agricultural business field includes resource management, farming, conservation, ranching, and sales. As technology has progressed and markets have become increasingly global, agricultural business has developed to meet and solve high-tech farming needs and problems. 

The A.S. prepares students for transfer to a four-year institution. Students will gain a basic understanding of the management, marketing, production, and farming of livestock and crops.

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Find Your Future

Have you chosen a major? Is there a program of study that inspires you? Do you have your heart set on a particular degree? Motlow is here to help you find your future and craft a great career.

Start by choosing the credentials you want. Motlow offers:

  • Short-term certifications,
  • One-year diplomas,
  • 2-year associates degrees,
  • Associates degrees with embedded micro-credentials, and
  • Pathways to numerous bachelor degrees with majors in hundreds of programs. We have many additional articulation agreements with universities that allow you to easily transfer or even enroll simultaneously at Motlow and another institution
  • We have articulation agreements with universities that allow you to easily transfer or even enroll simultaneously at Motlow and another institution.

Use our program finder to explore all of the possibilities. Visit our transfer & articulations page to learn more about our partnerships with other universities. Explore your interests and aptitudes with our free YouScience tool.

Meet with one of our admissions counselors. Enroll and get assigned your very own completion coach.

The time is right. Call us today. It’s never been easier to find a scholarship and apply for aid to help pay for college. Our mission is your success, and we want to make exploring Motlow simple & free.

You can make a median salary of $71,890/year in Tennessee with an advanced degree in Biology.

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Important Facts 

Median Salary (2020): $68,090 (for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers) 

Similar Occupations: Agricultural and food science technicians, agricultural workers 

Work Environment: Outdoor work, mostly on ranches and farms but possible office settings as well 

Key Skills: Analytical, critical thinking, mechanical skills, and physical strength 

Career Opportunities 

Our Associate of Science Degree in Agriculture-Business qualifies you for transfer to any one of Tennessee’s four-year college or university programs. Completion of a four-year baccalaureate program prepares you for further study toward a master’s degree or higher in Agriculture-Business. Students who hold a higher degree and acquire necessary licensing could anticipate a career in any one of the following areas: 

  • Agronomist
  • Agriculture engineering
  • Breeding technician
  • Farm equipment sales
  • Nursery manager
  • Horticulturist

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