Farm & Ranch Management

  • 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 NCTC facilities. 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.

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 field experience and shop classes.

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
lbellows@nctc.edu