Agriculture & Rodeo

 TVCC's Agriculture program is designed to assist students with career goals. Whether seeking to update skills to enhance the operation of a personal farm or ranch, persue a 2 year AAS in Ranch Management, or fulfill the first two years of a Baccalureate degree, the TVCC Agriculture department has the programs available to address those needs.

What jobs are available in the agriculture field?
The field of agriculture has many opportunities for employment depending on the emphasis of study. Some options include: Ranch Management, Feedlot Operator, Feed Mills, Retail Agriculture or Veterinary Stores, Brand Inspection, Artificial Insemination Technician, Financial Institutions for Agriculture or transfer to a four-year college for Ag Education, Economics, or Animal Science.

How long will it take to receive my degree?
Incoming students with good basic skills can usually complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2 years.

How much will it cost?
Tuition at Treasure Valley Community College is one of the lowest in the state of Oregon. If money is a problem, the Financial Aid Office offers assistance in finding a grant, loan, scholarship, or work study opportunity to help meet educational costs.

Special Programs
Farm Business Management:
This program is available to farmers who desire a better understanding of the principles of farm business management and record keeping. Designed as a 3 year program, the course includes individual assistance with setting up and keeping a useful set of farm business records, along with class meetings where farm business management principles are taught. Students have the opportunity to set up annual data in the computer using the Red Wing Farm Business Accounting System and to use the computer to analyze the data and prepare year-end reports.

Ag Business Technician:
The Ag Business Technician Program is designed to provide entry level skills to students wanting to work for agricultural businesses or to go into production agriculture for themselves. Students choose from either Animal Science or Crop Science emphasis. Classes include basic principles of livestock and crop production as well as fundamental courses in agriculture business. Computer skills pertinent to the selected emphasis will be learned.

Associate of Applied Science
The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded to students who complete a two-year professional technical program. TVCC's Agriculture program offers an AAS degree that will transfer to specific colleges and universities. Please check with the Vocational Counselor for additional information and specifics.

Ranch Management AAS Degree
Ranch Management students acquire knowledge and skills in the classroom, in field laboratory settings and practical "hands-on" teaching under highly qualified instructors. Upon successful completion of the Ranch Management AAS, you could work with some facet of the Livestock Industry, either directly with a production phase or in one of the many support industries. Classes include Artificial Insemination and Beef Pregnancy Checking.

Additionally, the option is available of transferring to Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon State College, or University of Idaho through the "Block Transfer" agreements.

Agriculture Transfer Program
TVCC's Agriculture program is designed to assist the student with career goals. The Agriculture program is closely articulated with the Schools of Agriculture at Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon Universityand University of Idaho. There are transfer programs for students who seek to complete the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. Please consult with your advisor as quickly as possible with your program choice.

rodeo riderSome of the programs of study that are available are:

University of Idaho

  • Animal Science
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Agriculture Education
  • General Agriculture

Oregon State University

  • Agriculture Business
  • General Agriculture
  • General Agriculture (Teacher Prep)
  • Agriculture Resource Economics
  • Animal Science
  • Crop Science
  • Soil Science

TVCC's Agriculture Department is located in the Vocational Technical building on the TVCC Campus. The Ag department also operates a livestock center where many "hands-on" lab classes are offered. There is limited space available for students' personal livestock

TVCC Rodeo Team
TVCC also offers a Rodeo team for interested students. The rodeo team competes in the Northwest region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. TVCC participates in about 10 rodeos each season. Each fall the college hosts its own rodeo and has hosted several regional rodeos for the NIRA.