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Department of Agriculture (2001-2002)

Department Chairperson: Danny E. Terry
Department Office: Knoblauch Hall 145
Department Telephone: 309/298-1080
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Graduate Faculty

  • Professors
    • John P. Carlson, Ph.D., Iowa State University
    • Thomas P. Drinka, Ph.D., Iowa State University
    • Leonard A. Harzman, Ph.D., Kansas State University
    • Gordon K. Roskamp, Ph.D., University of Missouri
    • Danny E. Terry, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
  • Associate Professor
    • Thomas L. Green, Ph.D., Iowa State Univesity
  • Assistant Professor
    • Andrew J. Baker, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
    • Marietta Loehrlein, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Assistant Professor
  • Richard James Tillotson, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Course Descriptions

439G Special Methods in Agriculture. (3) Analysis of objectives, selection, development, and organization of teaching units; development of procedural techniques, program implementation, and evaluation. Includes clinical experience. Grade of C required in this class. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

504 Agricultural Science for Teachers. (3) A course designed for K-12 teachers who wish to expand their science curriculum to include topics related to agriculture–the world’s food and fiber system. Summer only. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

507 Seminar. (1) Student participation and presentation of current topics in the major area. May be repeated to a total of four credits. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

508 Special Topics. (1-5, repeatable to 5) Topics which are not assigned or covered in other courses. The title and outline of the course will vary according to the topic, instructor, and needs of the students. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Agricultural Economics

442G Marketing Grain and Livestock Products. (3) Basis hedging for grains, feeds, livestock, and meat. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGEC 333.

443G Agricultural Finance. (3) Financing problems and opportunities in agriculture. Sources of finance, financing costs, analysis of investment opportunities, financial management and estate planning. Three hours lecture Prerequisite: AGEC 220 or consent of instructor.

447G Commodity Markets and Futures Trading. (3) Futures trading institutions, technical analysis, multiple hedging, and speculation. Three hours lecture.

449G Advanced Farm Management. (3) Effective combination of resources in agribusiness planning and management. Emphasis placed on use of available agribusiness management software. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: AGEC 349 or equivalent.

455G Advanced Agricultural Marketing. (3) Options on futures, applied research methods, current events. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: AGEC 442 and 447 or permission of the instructor.

456G Options on Futures. (1) The trading of options on futures contracts for hedging and speculation. Students who complete this course may not enroll in AGEC 455; not open to students who have completed AGEC 455. Prerequisite: AGEC 442 or permission of the instructor.

457G Market Profile®; (3) Use of the Chicago Board of Trade Market Profile®; and Liquidity Data Bank®; for hedging and speculation. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGEC 447.

459G Market Logic. (2) Use of the Chicago Board of Trade Market Profile®; and Liquidity Data Bank® for hedging and speculation. Students who complete this course may not enroll in AGEC 457; not open to students who have completed AGEC 457. Prerequisite: AGEC 447 or permission of the instructor.

Agriculture Occupations Education

541 Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating the Agricultural Program. (3) Consideration of useful teaching plans and materials, curriculum, and procedures in agriculture, analysis of problems of teachers in the instructional area of agricultural occupations. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

Agricultural Systems Management

458G Principles of Animal Environment and Structures. (4) Design and construction of structures for animal production and storage of crops and equipment. Planning buildings and the environmental control of livestock facilities. Four hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGSM 250.

461G Soil and Water Engineering and Surveying. (4) Achieving sound land use through the utilization of erosion control structures and cultural practices. A study of surveying techniques, including hands-on experience with mechanical, optical, and electronic equipment. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: AGSM 250.

464G Agricultural Processing, Grain Drying and Materials Handling. (3) Application of engineering principles pertaining to drying, storing, and handling of agricultural products. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGSM 250.


474G Advanced Crop Science. (3) Advanced concepts regarding the growth and culture of crop plants; the application of these principles to cultural practices. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGRN 176.

479G Weed Control. (3) Identification of weeds, principles of cultural, biological, and chemical control with emphasis on characteristics of herbicides. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: AGRN 176 and AGRN 373, or permission of the instructor.

Animal Science

415G Beef Production and Management. (4) Consideration of commercial cow-calf, purebred, stocker, and finishing beef production systems. Integration of genetics, nutrition, and reproduction. Record keeping and business aspects. Prerequisites: ANSC 222 and 314.

416G Swine Science. (3) A study of selection principles, nutrition, breeding, reproduction, disease prevention, and management practices applied to swine production. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisites: ANSC 222 and 314.

422G Applied Ruminant and Non-Ruminant Nutrition. (3) Basic chemical and physiological principles as they apply to the nutrition of ruminants and non-ruminants. Consideration of common nutrition problems, feed additives, and growth stimulants. Prerequisite: ANSC 222.

424G Physiology of Reproduction and Lactation. (3) Principles of physiology and functioning of the endocrine system in relationship to reproduction, infertility, and lactation in farm animals. Three hours lecture. Prerequisites: ANSC 112, BIOL 102 or BIOL 103 or consent of the instructor.


405G Soil and Water Conservation. (4) The study of the maintenance of a quality environment through the conservation of soil and water resources. Four hours lecture.


407G Urban Forest Management. (3) Management principles for urban vegetation with emphasis on plant selection and usage, tree inventories, tree ordinances, specifications manuals, Arbor Day tree programs, and tree laws. Prerequisite: FOR 200, 208 or permission of the instructor.


485G Turf Management. (3) Establishment and maintenance of turf grass for lawns, golf courses, and recreational areas including athletic fields. Two hours lecture; two hours lab. Prerequisite: AGRN 176 or HORT 180.

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