AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture

About the AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture

Growing food and starting a business both require creativity, specific skills, and an understanding of how interrelated systems work. In the Entrepreneurial Agriculture program, you'll receive foundational business and horticulture training – as well as gain hands on experience growing food crops. You'll better understand the way food is grown and distributed so that you can make the supply chain work to your advantage.

After completing this degree, you'll be trained in the fundamentals of food production and business, including:

  • Analyzing and designing food production systems for growing vegetable, fruit, and nut species for the Upper Midwest
  • Propagating, growing, and maintaining plants in agricultural food production systems
  • Applying ecologically sustainable principles in agriculture while maintaining productivity and economic viability
  • Working with hydroponic and aquaponics systems
  • Creating and implementing a business plan, starting a farm business, and scaling operations
  • Foundational concepts in marketing, finance, and sales, including use of effective communication strategies with suppliers and customers

Total Cost of AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture

(in-district) Total Amount: $9,102.00

Credit Hours to Complete: 60

Weeks to Complete: 64

AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture Requirements

What makes MCC's AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture program better than, or distinct from, similar programs at other institutions?

  • Very few institutions offer a combination of food production training and business training in an AAS degree. Our program provides you an opportunity to gain the broad range of skill that you’ll need to succeed in a career in Entrepreneurial Agriculture
  • You’ll have ample opportunity to work with and learn from local growers and innovators to forge valuable connections and learn real-world skills from the professionals.

In addition to the AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture, we offer:

What you need to know about getting your AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture (CIP 1.0101 )

Total AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture Costs
  in-district out-of-district out-of-state international
Tuition $6,690.00 $22,690.00 $28,208.00 $28,208.00
Additional AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture Costs $2,412.00 $2,412.00 $2,412.00 $2,412.00
Program Total $9,102.00 $25,102.00 $30,620.00 $30,620.00

About this Career

What job opportunities are available to someone with an AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture?

  • Farm ownership
  • Advanced farm operations/management
    • Field, harvest, and/or pack manager
    • Farm mechanic
    • Greenhouse manager
  • Farmers market salesperson
  • Landscape crew
  • Farm-to-table floral production and design
  • Value-added food products and processing
  • Bookkeeping and marketing for farm businesses
  • Regional food distribution
  • Industrial compost or organics recycling
  • On-farm educator or non-profit farm administrator
Occupations that AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture prepares you for
Occupation and Occupational Profile Link SOC Code
Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1041.00
Aquacultural Managers 11-9013.03
Farm and Ranch Managers 11-9013.02
Nursery and Greenhouse Managers 11-9013.01

How will MCC's AAS in Entrepreneurial Agriculture program prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?

  • Industry experts in agriculture and experts in the marketing field teach these courses.
  • The program is connected to our Center for Agrarian Learning which hosts presentations and workshops by regional leaders.
  • Take advantage of MCC's Career Services department and the resources available for career information, resume building and job search activities.

By the Numbers:

  • Potential salaries range from $24,000 to $65,000. Actual salary for such positions will depend on specific years of service and experience.

What have graduates gone on to do?

  • Pursue a baccalaureate degree which could lead to a career in sustainable agriculture, food systems planning, rural development, public policy or public health.

Outside the Classroom

We understand that experiential learning opportunities are critical to the early stages of farmer success so we've chosen to make this program as hands-on as possible. You'll have the opportunity to work with local growers and business owners in your agriculture practicum and agriculture internship.