School of Agriculture, Plant, and Animal Sciences

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:

  1. 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
  2. Apply knowledge of agricultural science and technology to industry problems that require the application of applied procedures or methodologies
  3. Analyze livestock nutrition and ration evaluation
  4. Design, plan, and implement healthy plant environments
  5. Create and analyze a nutrient management plan
  6. Analyze the operational details of various New England agricultural industries
  7. Combine knowledge of agricultural industries with organizing and managing a small business, marketing, accepted accounting practices and operation budgeting, assessing operations, and writing a business plan for an agricultural operation

Curriculum Details

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Placement Rate

100%

VTC

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87%

NATIONAL

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of  opens in a new window2019. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2018 (October 2018)

Job Projections

NATIONAL AVG.
5%
AGRICULTURE
-1%
That Translates Into

975,400

JOB OPENINGS BETWEEN 2018 - 2028

Openings data: Estimated High-Skilled Job openings annually (source: opens in a new windowUSDA).

Projected Employment Growth for Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agriculture Managers, 2018-2028 (source: opens in a new windowBLS)

Employers

  • Dalestead Farm & Maple LLC
  • Echo Hill Farm Goat Dairy
  • Middlebury Snow Bowl
  • Parmelee Farm
  • Sweet Doe Dairy
  • Vermont Tech
  • VT Homestead Cheese

Job Titles

  • Market Gardener
  • Snowmaking Operations
  • Cheesemaker

Brandon Mansfield

  • I took a gap year in Scotland
  • I hope to work on my parent's farm after school
  • Join the Dairy Club!
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    Vermont Tech is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Choose Vermont Scholarship program has launched! The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and 13 Vermont colleges and universities, including Vermont Tech, are partnering in the 2020 Choose Vermont Scholarship Program, which will award $60,000 in scholarship money to students who commit to attend a Vermont…

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    Dec

    On the heels of its national ranking in the 96th percentile for return on investment, Vermont Tech is pleased to announce that the Class of 2019 achieved a 99% placement rate as demonstrated in the 6-Month Outcomes Survey. The college ranks first in the state for return on investment, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce…

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Steve Schubart

  • I am a born and raised Vermonter
  • You get what you put in at Vermont Tech
  • I work with many of the finest grass-fed beef farmers
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  • I was raised as a 'city kid'
  • I participated in the FARMS 2+2 program
  • I was given many opportunities to prepare myself for a career
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