Business – Agriculture

Program Title: Business – Agriculture

  • Credential Earned: Ontario College Diploma
    Program Length: 4 Semesters
    Program Code: B316-KL (Distance)
    Program Status: Open

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Program Description

Northern College in conjunction with Algonquin College offers a two-year Business – Agriculture Ontario College Diploma program which combines agriculture with business and management training, providing you with the skills necessary to successfully operate a farming operation, or to provide services to agricultural businesses.

Agriculture is an increasingly complex industry, with sophisticated agribusiness managers required to make decisions about crop/herd selection and improvement, pest and soil management, equipment maintenance, farm safety and agricultural production. At the same time, there is a growing need for skills and knowledge to apply management concepts related to agricultural financial administration, human resources, operational efficiency, government regulations, technology, sales and marketing.

Through this program, you examine agricultural techniques through a business lens, with a focus on:

  • developing fundamental research
  • financial and operations skills to evaluate farm production methodologies
  • technologies and systems in order to inform business decisions

You have opportunities to apply your knowledge and skills through activities, simulations, case studies and interactions with professionals in active farm operations.

Co-op Program: B327
Students also have the option to gain real-world experience through a paid co-operative education (co-op) work term. Please note that places in the co-op version of the program are subject to availability. Students who elect to apply to the non co-op version of the program may not have the opportunity to transfer to the co-op version at a later date. The Co-op term will be take place in the Summer semester between Year One and Year Two. Co-op will assist students in relating theory to practice, bringing more meaning to academic studies. Co-op helps orient students to their chosen field, enables them to learn and results in a well-developed career plan before graduation.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may seek employment in entry-level farming positions or as entrepreneurs. Graduates may also seek entry-level employment in a variety of companies and organizations that provide services in the agricultural sector, including businesses providing:

  • agricultural supplies
  • feed
  • banking, accounting or logistical services
  • process improvement or animal care support
  • equipment and maintenance sales and services

Success Factors
This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are well-organized and can work effectively under tight time constraints.
  • Are team-oriented and enjoy working with others.
  • Are dedicated to food safety and sustainability.
  • Are excited by the prospect of taking a hands-on approach to learning and interacting with industry partners and business leaders.

Transfer Agreements
Download the complete Articulation Agreement list for Universities and Colleges (PDF, 113KB). You can also visit OnTransfer, which provides information and resources to help students and potential students find their way through Ontario’s postsecondary system.

Contact Information
Eliisa Ollila, Distance Learning Officer
ollilae@northern.on.ca
(705) 567-9291 ext 3671