Agricultural Solutions

Ag Solutions

Agricultural Solutions Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Solutions is a new and exciting educational program at SMSU. Graduates with a BS in Agricultural Solutions can expect to earn gainful employment opportunities in agriculture because they will be equipped with a combination of communication, science, business, and leadership skills needed for a 21st-Century global economy.  

The Agricultural Solutions major was developed simultaneously alongside SMSU’s BAS in Agriculture degree program. Both of these ag-centered degree programs were designed in consultation with agricultural industry representatives, Minnesota’s community and technical colleges, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) and the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Program. The BAS in Agriculture and Agricultural Solutions programs deliver the appropriate balance of academics, practicality and applicability.

The Agricultural Solutions degree program produces graduates who are thoughtful and pragmatic problem-solvers; it offers a balanced curriculum that integrates classroom experiences, industry expertise and community leadership. 

This is an exciting time for agriculture! Agricultural industries are advancing rapidly as new technologies, systems and worldwide increased demand in food, fiber and fuel drive-up the need for college-educated agricultural professionals. SMSU’s BS in Agricultural Solutions is a dynamic field of endeavor designed to help students realize their potential and meet the challenges of modern agriculture.  

Scholarships

The SMSU School of Agriculture offers an array of academic scholarships thanks to the generosity of SMSU Alumni, SMSU Farm Seminar donors, our regional Ag partners and SMSU faculty. In Spring Semester 2016, SMSU was able to award a total of $30,000 in ag-related scholarships for our students who ranged from new incoming freshman to experienced senior students. Ag-related scholarships are awarded based on a student’s past academic record, civic involvement and leadership potential.

Career Opportunities

SMSU’s BS in Agricultural Solutions will open-up doors for rewarding careers in the agriculture and food industries. Former students are employed in permanent positions as agricultural loan officers, commodity brokers, elevator managers, agri-chemical sales, agri-implement dealers, farm managers, and conservation officers.  

Internships

SMSU Agricultural Solutions students qualify for paid internships (usually during the summer session). There are numerous intern sponsors and SMSU applauds all of them because these businesses create tangible benefits for students in our Agricultural Solutions program. These SMSU internships happen because of three-way coordination: 1) the internship employer, 2) SMSU’s faculty, and 3) our proactive SMSU agriculture students.  The internships allow our students to earn credits towards graduation and learn real-life skills while earning funds to help pay for their tuition expenses.

Preparation

Prospective Agricultural Solutions students should complete the standard college preparation curriculum. High school students whose agribusiness career plans include science-related professions such as agronomic consulting or chemical sales should complete biology, chemistry and mathematics courses as part of the pre-college curriculum. Participation in extracurricular activities such as athletics, community volunteering, band, FFA, or 4-H helps create a well-rounded education.  Employers prefer to hire students who have a multi-dimensional résumé. 

Clubs and Organizations

At SMSU, students who are active in clubs and organizations build social connections, learn essential life skills and enrich the value of their college experience. SMSU is proud to offer over 100 clubs and organizations!  Below are some clubs and opportunities worth consideration:

• SMSU AG Club

• Environmental Awareness Club

• Enactus

• Post-Secondary Ag Students

• Southwest Marketing Advisory Center 

 

SMSU AG CLUB & PAS

Any SMSU student can join the SMSU AG Club and/or the Post-Secondary Agricultural Students (PAS) organization. The Ag Club is among the most active on campus meeting weekly to learn from agricultural professionals and alumni as guest speakers. The Ag Club plans and takes annual trips to different locations in the Midwest. Past cities visited include Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Grand Island, Omaha, Denver and Boise. Also, an annual banquet to honor graduating seniors, scholarship award winners, alumni and rural leaders is hosted by the SMSU Ag Club. Other activities include SMSU’s Ag Bowl, Ag Career Fair, SMSU Homecoming Parade, skeet-shooting and golfing. Each year, SMSU is the host of the statewide PAS knowledge bowl competition. The student community at SMSU is large enough to offer diversity but small enough to feel like family.

 

TECHNOLOGY

SMSU has easily accessible campus Wi-Fi. A multi-purpose system known as the SA Link allows all SMSU student clubs and organizations to post activities, recruit/retain members, and send/receive vital information. The SMSU Website is a one-stop-shop for student services such as academic, financial, registration and campus calendars/news. SMSU’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center is a sophisticated mapping center available for student use. McFarland Library links into a national Inter Library Loan System and serves as repository for the US Department of Agriculture and other important public documents. SMSU works diligently to ensure students have access to needed resources.

 

 

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