Diversified Agriculture

What happens when you plant the same crop in the same field, year after year? After a while, the nutrients get sapped from the land and you are left with peanuts.

Diversification is an important part of anyone’s financial freedom, but you don’t want to spread yourself too thin. This program provides a balance of animal, plant, and soil sciences with business and management training to ensure you graduate ready to meet these complex challenges. In your first semester, we’ll get you out in the field (literally) working with agriculture experts to improve farming in Vermont.

The program focuses on the use of synergistic biological processes to foster a reduction in the need for, and subsequent use of, off-farm inputs. Classroom Instruction focuses on the practical application of agricultural science in Vermont.

A student with a Bachelor of Science in Diversified Agriculture will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of various agricultural industries to effectively and professionally communicate technical information in writing, speaking, listening, and interpersonal skills to work as part of a team and interact with clients, the public, and industry professionals
  • Apply knowledge of agricultural science and technology to industry problems that require the application of applied procedures or methodologies
  • Understand livestock nutrition and ration evaluation
  • Design, plan, and implement healthy plant environments
  • Balance a nutrient management plan
  • Understand the operational details of various New England agricultural industries
  • Combine knowledge of animal or plant science agricultural industries with practical aspects of organizing and managing a small business, marketing, applying accepted accounting practices, managing agricultural business operation budgets, assessing agricultural business operations, and writing a business plan for an agricultural operation

Careers in Diversified Agriculture

Placement Rate
100%
Vermont Tech
VS
84%
National

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017 National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
57,900
Job projections
5,679
Openings

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: USDA). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: USDA). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)



Median Pay
$0
$0
All Occupations

2016 Median Pay (Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
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  • VT Homestead Cheese
  • Market Gardener Snowmaking Operations
  • Cheesemaker

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29May
Vermont Tech congratulates the students who achieved the honors of President's and Dean's List during the Spring 2018 semester. To be accorded Dean's List honors a student must be enrolled in at least 12 letter-graded credit hours and attain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who have been awarded... Read More
24May
Vermont Technical College hosted its three commencement ceremonies this weekend. Two were held on Friday, May 18th and another was held Saturday, the 19th. Vermont Tech conferred certificates and degrees for 504 graduates from 32 programs. Nursing students were also presented with their Nursing... Read More
24May
Vermont Technical College is announcing a new degree program that will start in the fall of 2018. The program expands Vermont Tech’s connection to workforce development needs and changes in Vermont. The college’s Certificate in Forestry was broadened and expanded to an Associate of Applied... Read More

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