Farm & Ranch Management

NCTC Experimental Farm
  • Farm & Ranch Students utilizing heavy machinery and farm equipment
  • Students surveying the land for a farm or ranch
  • Farm & Ranch construction and repairs of structures

Our program is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in the farming and ranching industry. Approximately 70% of the Agriculture courses required for the Farm and Ranch Management AAS degree completes hands-on experiences at the Experimental Farm. These practicum foster practical, educational, and authentic experiences in animal science, beef cattle production, pasture management, livestock business, animal nutrition, and computer applications specific to agriculture that are utilized by professionals in the industry.

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Career Outlook

Farm and Ranch Management students learn skills, equipment, technology, and practices applicable to the management of farms, ranches, and other agricultural businesses. As professionals they may serve in a variety of roles as agriculture equipment operators, agricultural technicians, crop and livestock manager realtors, field representatives in agribusiness, farm product purchasing agents, ranchers, soil and water conservationists, sales agents, realtors, and wildlife managers.

Experimental Farm & Beef Center

One of the most important educational components within the NCTC Agriculture Department is the Experimental Farm and Beef Center.  For this new generation of Agriculture students who come from urban backgrounds with little to no practical experience, the experience provided by a college farm is an invaluable asset. The NCTC Experimental Farm is the opportunity to put into practice what is learned in the classroom and is a vital component in their pursuit of higher education focusing on Agriculture.

The Farm

Development of the Experimental Farm began in 1969 and the Beef Center started performance testing bulls in the Fall of 1972. The Experimental Farm is approximately 110 acres that the college owns as part of the M.J. Cox Estate and currently maintains a herd of approximately 30 head of registered Red Angus cattle.

The Students

The cattle herd is split into two groups of females with some calving in the Fall and some in the Spring for the purpose of supplying both bred and wet cows along with weaning calves to be worked with in the corresponding semesters for various classes.

In addition to working with the beef cattle herd, students handle animals in the growth and development phase, breeding soundness exams, carcass evaluations and grading using ultrasound technologies with the bulls being developed on site by the NCTC Beef Cattle Evaluation Center. Farm students develop and monitor test plots for their agronomy and forage production classes and build or repair projects at the farm as part of the curriculum in Agriculture Construction.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does this degree take to obtain? add

The Certificate in Agriculture Management is designed to be completed in one year while the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Farm & Ranch Management is set to conclude in two years. Students, however, may set their own pace.

Are there cumulative credentials? add

Yes, all courses in the Agriculture Management Certificate apply toward the Farm & Ranch Management Degree.

Does the program include hands-on training? add

Yes. Through laboratory experience students will utilize their expanding knowledge base to apply to real-world examples at our Experimental Farm & Beef Center.

Will this program transfer to a four-year university? add

Yes! The Associate degree (AAS) will transfer to several North Texas universities through the AAS to BAAS transfer programs. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please review the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue a higher education. The Financial Aid office will help you when applying for aid. For more information, call (940) 668-4242 or go to Financial Aid online or visit the Financial Aid office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

Apply for Financial Aid

Who may I contact for more information? add

Lisa Bellows, Ph.D.
Science and Agriculture Division Chair
(940) 668-4252