Agricultural Sciences

Agribusiness - Courses

CAMPUS: Vermilion Campus
Choose one of 3 streams:
  • crop technology
  • livestock production
  • marketing/communications
There are many common courses. These are listed by required courses for year 1 and year 2.
Required courses for specific streams are listed together in the third drop down.
Year 1 Required Courses CREDITS
AC 118 Agribusiness Accounting I 3
AC118 introduces the concepts and applications of financial accounting. Topics in AC118 Agribusiness Accounting I include accounting concepts and principles, the recording process, preparing financial statements, internal control, cash and receivables.
AC 218 Agribusiness Accounting II 3
AC218 is a continuation of AC118. Topics included in AC218 Agribusiness Accounting II are: inventories; capital assets; current liabilities; owner's equity in partnerships and corporations; analyzing financial statements; the statement of cash flows, and accounting information systems. Prerequisite: AC118.
AE 100 Microeconomics 3
This course deals with the economic principles underlying production, markets, and the national economy. Agricultural examples are used throughout.
BA 245 Personal Finance Management 3
This course provides the foundations of personal financial planning in a rigorous conceptual and practical framework and a thorough coverage of all major aspects of family and individual personal finances ranging from budgeting to estate planning. Students acquire expertise in preparing a personal financial plan.
BA 333 Agribusiness Simulation 3
This course bridges the gap between learned theory and applied practices. Students are able to utilize a software program and make decisions as agricultural business managers in a team environment. Leadership, management practices, human resources, and marketing are all covered.
CO 165 Effective Communications 3
This is a course in business communication focusing on writing skills. The course content includes an introduction to various business documents.
CO 265 Communications in Agriculture 3
This course offers an opportunity for agribusiness students to improve their skills in oral communication. The course focuses on a variety of oral presentations through the use of different multimedia technologies. Upon completion of this course, students will have mastered the technical skills required for both effective business writing and presenting. Prerequisite: CO 165.
MA 140 Agribusiness Mathematics 3
Solving practical financial and mathematical problems encountered in the business world is the focus of this course. It reviews the mathematics of ratios, percentage, and basic algebra and their applications to business problems. The principle of the time value of money is covered in depth with its important applications to finance, investments and capital budgeting. Use of financial calculators is emphasized throughout. Prerequisite: Grade XII Math or equivalent.
Below are the required courses in the first year for each stream. Course descriptions are in the 3rd drop down below.
Crop technology
  • CR 160 Plant Science and Field Crops
  • SO 102 Soil Science
Livestock Production
  • CR 188 Range and Forage Management
  • MK 302 Strategic Marketing
  • CR 160 Plant Science and Fired Crops
  • CR 188 Range and Forage Management
  • MK 302 Strategic Marketing
Note: For Marketing/Communications major you choose CR 160 or CR 188
Year 2 Required Courses CREDITS
AE 210 Farm Taxation and Succession Planning 3
Main features of income taxation for farm businesses. Also covers business organization and estate planning including tax implications. Prerequisites: AE 202 or AC 118.
AE 230 Financial Management 3
Students learn to use concepts and tools of economics and financial management as they apply to farming. A large part of the course consists of assignments dealing with time value of money principles, economic analysis, financial analysis, budgeting and other management tools.  Assignments use Office 365 programs such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Prerequisite: AE 202.
BA 171 Agricultural Sales 3
This course is an examination of the personal qualities and skills required of an agricultural salesperson. This course includes exploration of the motivations underlying the buying decision, the techniques and theory utilized in the preparation of the sales presentation, and a review of the elements of a sales plan. Role-playing and case studies are used to demonstrate sales and leadership techniques.
BA 360 Agricultural Lending 3
This course examines the important roles that money, banking, and financial institutions play in the Canadian economy. Students develop a sound foundation to be an agricultural lender--a good understanding of farm production, farm product marketing, and farm finance. They trace the agricultural credit granting process from loan investigation through assessment, ensuring adequate collateral, considering security and legal issues.
BA 375 Business Management and Case Analysis 3
Students integrate the knowledge and skills they have learned in a functioning business setting. The analysis of business cases, implementation of various management practices, and critical thinking is crucial. Students are exposed to external clients, resources, and expertise to expand their knowledge, skills, and relationships in business.
BA 376 Ag Venture Development 3
Students integrate the knowledge and skills they have learned from previous courses and experiences in a functioning business setting. Students experience the entire process of building and presenting a comprehensive business plan for a new business venture, for the expansion / betterment of an existing small or medium size business or on the succession of an existing business to a new owner. Prerequisite: BA 375.  Students must pass all first year Agribusiness courses as well as BA 375 (Business Management and Case Analysis) before enrolling in BA 376 Ag Venture Development in the second year of Agribusiness.
LA 277 Agricultural Law and Policy 3
This course introduces the learner to select elements of the legal and political environment that plays a significant role in agribusiness. It provides students with the tools to understand and analyze both current and future agricultural laws and policies.
Below are the required courses in the second year for each stream. Course descriptions are below.
Crop technology
  • AE 300 Grain, Oilseeds & Pulse Crop Marketing
  • CR 259 Weed and Insect Management
  • SO 242 Fertility Management
Livestock production
  • AN 105 Genetics of Livestock
  • AN 212 Introduction to Livestock Nutrition
  • AN 300 Livestock Production
  • AN 300 Livestock Production
  • CR 259 Weed and Insect Management
  • MK 303 Public Relations and Event Management
  • MK 304 ​Internet Marketing and e-Commerce
Note: for Marketing/Communications major you choose either AN 300 or CR 259
Required courses for concentrations are listed in alphabetical order. See the lists or the bottom chart for your specific courses.
Required Courses for Concentrations CREDITS
AE 300 Grain, Oilseeds and Pulse Crop Marketing 3
This course provides an in-depth analysis of both the pricing and delivery options available to the farm manager.  Students learn how to analyze the grain, oilseed, and pulse crop markets. Prerequisite: AE 100.
AN 105 Genetics of Livestock 3
This is a basic genetics course that provides a background for animal breeding.  The foundational basis of heredity, why we see variations in a variety of economic traits, basic principles of selection, and the general effects of various breeding systems are studied.
AN 212 Introduction to Livestock Production 3
Students learn the principles and practices of nutrition as they apply to large animals. Each nutrient class is studied in relation to its function, deficiency and requirement in the body. Nutrient requirements for maintenance, growth, and production are applied through the formulation of diets for beef, dairy, swine, and horses. Students work through practical feeding programs based on economics and available feeds.
AN 260 Livestock Marketing and Sales 3
This course explores various aspects of market trends, issues, and strategies related to the marketing of livestock. The course will explore fundamentals of both sales and marketing as they relate to commercial and registered livestock operations.
AN 300 Livestock Production 3
This course provides an introductory overview of production practices for the beef, dairy, swine, sheep, equine, and poultry industries in Canada. Economic benchmarks are essential to understanding the basic principles of this course. The course includes a brief introduction to supply managed marketing in the dairy, poultry, and egg industries. Regulatory issues and environmental farm planning related to livestock enterprises are investigated.
CR 160 Plant Science and Field Crops 3
Introduction to basic plant botany and production of grain and oilseed crops in western Canada. Study plant physiology, major plant parts and their role in plant growth and development. Discover what the major growth factors are for crops on the prairies and how they can affect these crops. Combine this with specific best practices for major grain and oilseed crops of western Canada.
CR 188 Range and Forage Management 3
This course introduces the student to soil science and productivity; it focuses on plant structure and functions, grazing management and techniques for rangeland and pastures, and forage and field crop management.
CR 259 Weed and Insect Management 3
This course is an introduction to various crop pests and their control measures. Pest groups include weeds, insects, and diseases. Control measures include cultural practices and/or the use of pesticides. The impact on the environment of these measures is studied. Best management practices for specific pests are covered and demonstrate critical thinking skills necessary for other pest management.
MK 302 Strategic Marketing 3
This course is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of marketing techniques.  It includes analysis of marketing operations, product assortment, price structure, channel of distribution and promotion of goods and services.
MK 303 Public Relations and Event Management 3
This course allows students to explore public relations and event management as they pertain to careers in the agricultural industry. This course utilizes and builds upon knowledge obtained in MK302. Prerequisite: MK302.
MK 304 ​Internet Marketing and e-Commerce 3
This course offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge in various areas of media related to agricultural businesses. Prerequisite: none
SO 102 Soil Science 3
This course involves a study of the basic properties of soils. The course studies physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils to provide an understanding of how soils function as a growth medium in agriculture. The Soil Orders of the Canadian System of Soil Classification relevant to field crop production in Western Canada are reviewed.
SO 242 Fertility Management 3
This course studies the nutrient requirements mainly for field crop production.  The type of nutrients required by plants, sources of these nutrients, and methods of application are considered.  Emphasis is given to understanding the chemical and physical properties of fertilizers commonly used, availability of nutrients to plants, and the potential for loss of applied nutrients from the soil.  Soil testing and economics of nutrient application are considered. Prerequisite: SO 102

Crops Technology

Livestock Production


Year 1 
CR 160 Plant Science & Field Crops
AN 212 Introduction to Livestock Nutrition
CR 188 Agronomy, Range and Forage
SO 102 Soil Science
CR 188 Agronomy, Range and Forage
MK 302 Strategy Marketing
Year 2
AE 300 Grain, Oilseeds & Pulse Crop Marketing
AN 105 Genetics of Livestock
AN 300 Livestock Production
CR 259 Weed an Insect Management
MK 304 Internet Marketing & e-Commerce
MK  303 Public Relations & Event Management
SO 242 Fertility Management
AN 300 Livestock Production
MK 304 Internet Marketing & e-Commerce
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

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– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

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– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

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– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
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– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
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– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree