The Agriculture Department offers courses from a variety of agricultural fields including: The Agricultural Industry, Agronomy, Introduction to Agricultural Economics, Introduction to Animal Science, Dairy Science, Horticulture, Livestock Evaluation, Marketing of Agriculture Products, and Wildlife Conservation and Management. Students are exposed to concepts, given hands-on experience in the agricultural field, and introduced to theories of profitable farm and ranch management. Upon completion of an associate program, students will be prepared to transfer to a four-year institution to continue their studies in any of these agriculture fields.

Detailed information for each course is located in the Course Catalog and all courses have been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for academic transfer.

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About this Program

Degrees & Certifications Program Length
Associate of Arts Degree Four Semesters

What Can This Program Do For You

  • Potential Career Paths

    According to the May 2015 report from the USDA and Purdue University, approximately 60,000 jobs in the agriculture, food, renewable resources, and environment fields are expected annually, but only 35,000 graduates with agriculture degrees are available to fill them.

    https://nifa.usda.gov/press-release/one-best-fields-new-college-graduates-agriculture

    https://www.purdue.edu/usda/employment/

    • Agribusiness Management
    • Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications
    • Resource Development and Management
    • Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources
    • Packaging
    • Horticulture
    • Forestry
    • Food Science
    • Fisheries and Wildlife

    Careers in Agriculture

    https://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/usda/careers/

  • Salary Information

    Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by Cisco College. 

  • Courses

    AGRI 1131 The Agricultural Industry
    Overview of world agriculture, nature of the industry, resource conservation and the American agricultural system, including production, distribution and marketing; recommended for all freshmen agriculture majors. One lecture hour per week.
    Credit: 1 semester hour

    AGRI 1307 Agronomy
    Principles and practices in the development, production and management of field crops including plant breeding, plant diseases, soils, insect control and weed control. Two lecture hours, two lab hours per week.
    Credit: 3 semester hours

    AGRI 1311 Dairy Science
    Survey of the dairy industry including dairy breeds, standards for selection and culling, herd replacements, feeding,
    management, physiology and health maintenance. Food value for milk, tests for composition and quality, and use and
    processing of market milk and dairy products. Two lecture hours, two lab hours per week.
    Credit: 3 semester hours

    AGRI 1315 Horticulture
    Structure, growth, and development of horticultural plants from a practical and scientific approach. Environmental effects, basic principles of propagation, greenhouse and outdoor production, nutrition, pruning, chemical control of growth, pest control and landscaping. Two lecture hours, two lab hours per week.
    Credit: 3 semester hours

    AGRI 1319 Introductory Animal Science

    Scientific animal agriculture. Importance of livestock and meat industries. Selection, reproduction, nutrition, management and marketing of beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats and horses. Two lecture hours, two lab hours per week.
    Credit: 3 semester hours

    AGRI 1325 Marketing of Agricultural Products
    Operations in the movement of agricultural commodities from producer to consumer, including the essential marketing functions of buying, selling, transporting, storing, financing, standardizing, pricing and risk bearing. Three lecture hours per week.
    Credit: 3 semester hours

    See the Cisco College Catalog for additional course listings.

  • Dual Credit

    Cisco College offers agriculture courses for dual credit at Cisco High School. Agriculture dual credit is a great option for CHS students seeking a fourth science credit or for students pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree in agriculture who would like to receive college credit while still in high school. Detailed information on dual credit offerings can be found here. Detailed information on dual credit offerings can be found here.

  • Intercollegiate Meat Judging Team

    The Cisco College meat judging team is a member of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA). Each team member receives a student membership for participating on the judging team. Meat judging is a scientific based event that requires hard work and dedication. Students learn beef, pork, and lamb carcass evaluation, value based pricing, as well as cut class evaluation for pork hams, center-cut pork loins, beef ribs, beef short loins, beef full loins, and beef rounds. Students also learn yield and quality grading of beef.

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  • Agriculture Scholarship Form

    Agriculture Scholarship recipients for this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the college. All Agriculture Scholarship recipients and amounts will be determined by Brandi Terry based on the student high school performance, Chapter Advisor recommendation, and financial need. General Agriculture Scholarships, Textbook Scholarships, and Meat Judging Team Scholarships are available.

    The procedure for seeking Agriculture Scholarship to the college is as follows:

    1. Complete the Agriculture Scholarship Application. Applications are due by May 1st.
    2. The Education Record is to be completed by the Chapter Advisor and mailed separately by the Chapter Advisor.
    3. Mail the completed application to:
      Cisco College Agriculture Department
      ATTN: Brandi Terry 
      717 E. Industrial Blvd. 
      Abilene, TX 79602
  • Agriculture Department Fundraiser

    The Agriculture Department will host the annual Cisco College Invitational CDE Contest on March 27th at the Cisco Campus. 

    Events include: Cotton, Farm Business Management, Land, Homesite Evaluation, Entomology, Milk Quality, Range Plant ID, Range, Horse, Poultry, Veterinary Science, Wildlife, and Wool.

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Meet the Faculty

Brandi Terry

Professor of Agriculture
Meat Judging Coach

Abilene Campus
(325) 794-4455
brandi.terry@cisco.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Don Eddleman

Professor of Agriculture
Rodeo Coach
Cisco Campus
(254) 442-5012
don.eddleman@cisco.edu

Curriculum Vitae