Diversified Agriculture

Successful farmers and agricultural industries recognize the need to compete 
for customers on an international level while simultaneously meeting an increased demand for locally grown products. At Vermont Tech, we combine animal, plant, and soil sciences with business and management training to ensure our students graduate ready to meet these complex challenges.

Graduates of this program will be well-prepared to own or manage small farms with diverse operations such as dairy, livestock (e.g., beef, sheep, and goats), succession grazing, market gardening, greenhouse production, and maple sugaring, or to be consultants to agricultural organizations looking to diversify their operations and opportunities.

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

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

  • Understand livestock nutrition and the ration formulation process
  • Understand reproduction and genetics and implement a breeding program
  • Design, plan, and implement a garden
  • Balance a nutrient budget
  • Competently identify and treat common New England weeds and pests
  • Understand the operational details of various forms of New England agriculture
  • Competently recognize livestock disease
  • Understand the agriculture industry and represent it knowledgeably
  • Raise and store common New England forages
  • Manage an agriculture operation budget
  • Assess an agricultural business and recognize potential investors
  • Write a business plan for an agricultural operation
  Fall Electives       Spring Electives  
AGR 1061 Burls to Boards 3   AGR 1030 Reproduction & Genetics 3
AGR 2011 Dairy Herd Management I 4   AGR 2011 Dairy Herd Management I 4
AGR 2012 Dairy Herd Management II 1   AGR 2012 Dairy Herd Management II 1
AGR 2040 Forage Production 3   AGR 2040 Forage Production 3
AGR 2050 Large Animal Diseases 3   AGR 2050 Large Animal Diseases 3
AGR 2510 Brewing 3   AGR 2060 Beef Production† 3
AGR 2512 Distilling Spirits Production 2   AGR 2514 Mushroom Gathering 2
AGR 2519 Cheesemaking 2   AGR 2517 Wildcrafting 2
AGR 3030 Advanced Dairy Nutrition† 3   AGR 3020 Advanced Livestock Production† 3
AGR 3110 Applies, Berries, & Bees† 3   AGR 3040 Maple Production 3
BIO 1020 Environmental Biology 4   BIO 2030 Plant Pathology 3
BIO 2040 Entomology 3   DSL 1050 Preventative Maintenance 3
DSL 1010 Steering & Suspension 4   DSL 1070 Diesel Electrical Systems Lab 1
DSL 1030 Diesel Electronics Lab 1   DSL 1110 Heavy Duty Brake Systems 3
GTS 1120 Vehicle Electronics 3   EQS 4110 Equine Health & Disease† 3
LAH 1030 Woody Ornamentals† 3   GTS 1040 Vehicle Electrical Systems 3
LAH 2020 Plant Propagation 3   LAH 1040 Greenhouse Management 3
LAH 2030 Herbaceous Plant Materials† 3   MEC 1190 Advanced Welding Processes 3
MEC 1020 Manufacturing Processes 2   VET 1020 Animal Anatomy & Physiology 4
MEC 1180 Introduction to Welding Processes 3        

Courses marked with † are offered every other year.

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What do employers say about Vermont Tech grads?

VTC’s applied learning environment yields graduates that are ready to contribute to farm profitability on their first day of employment. They are the boots on the ground AND the brains in the office that our business needs to operate.

Brian Trudell, Owner, Jasper Hill Farm

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Percent Job and Advanced Education Placement Rate in Diversified Agriculture

Vermont Tech Diversified Agriculture student outcomes are strong. The class of 2016 had a 100% job and advanced placement rate within six months of graduation. Many students have internships while they’re in college that lead to full-time employment after graduation.


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