This one-year certificate program offers a broad-based grounding in the skills and technologies that drive farming today. From crop production to farm business basics, you'll be on your way to agribusiness success.
Tillable acres devoted to agriculture education
This program focuses on practical skills and knowledge. Our professors are Central Illinois farmers themselves. You’ll get hands-on experience on 70 acres dedicated to learning high production farm methods.
ICC is a nationally recognized leader in research for sustainable agriculture.
Build your Ag network in the ICC Livestock Judging Team, Agri-Business Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau.
Grain Merchandiser, Grain Elevator Manager, Farmer, Livestock Buyer, Feed Mill Manager, Agricultural Financial Representative, Animal Nutritionist, Ranch Manager, Agronomist, Crop Systems Specialist
if Full Time
3 Semesters, 26 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2023-24
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.
View the college catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
‘Hands-on’ Ag Internship Turns into Start of Maddy’s Career
In August 2019, Maddy began her educational journey at ICC with a goal to earn a two-year degree in Agricultural Science & Technology. During her time at ICC, however, she earned much more. Maddy graduated from ICC in May with not only her two-year degree but also certificates in Precision Agriculture and Agricultural Production. Most importantly, she graduated with a…
Chase Transitions from Farm to Classroom at ICC
With deep roots in agriculture in central Illinois and a passion for the care of animals, Chase is following his dream to become a veterinarian. ICC helped Chase transition from the family farm to a college classroom. He graduated from ICC in the spring of 2021 and began attending Kansas State University this fall, majoring in Animal Sciences & Industry….
We are proud of the strong reputation ICC has with our transferability to 4-year universities. Many former students feel better prepared than their peers from other colleges.Grant Grebner, Professor, Agriculture
How Do I Get Into the Agricultural Production Program?
Ready to get started in farming? Break ground on career success here.
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Need help? Our admissions team is happy to assist.
- Experience in agriculture or participation in groups like FFA and 4-H enhance your chance of acceptance.
What Can I Expect As An Agricultural Production Student?
- Real world experience taught by instructors who are also Central Illinois farmers and agribusiness leaders.
- Exposure to both current methods and on-farm research.
- A certificate that opens doors to further study or a job in agricultural specialties.
- A chance to get a first job in agriculture or expand existing knowledge.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.
I don’t have the required GPA to enter the program. Can I still start?
We have many options for you to start school, even when your GPA does not meet the minimum requirements. Connect with our Admissions Office to hear about options to help your GPA and get you moving toward the life and work you want.