Graduate Studies

School of Agriculture 2011-2012

Director:  William C. Bailey
School Office:  Knoblauch Hall 145
Telephone: (309) 298-1080

Graduate Faculty

  • William C. Bailey, Ph.D., Univeresity of Missouri-Columbia
  • Andrew J. Baker, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
  • John P. Carlson, Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • Marietta M. Loehrlein, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • Winthrop B. Phippen, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Danny E. Terry, Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Associate Graduate Faculty
Associate Professors

  • Kevin J. Bacon, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
  • Mark D. Hoge, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Kenneth O. Nimrick, Ph.D., University of Illinois

Assistant Professor

  • Joel Gruver, Ph.D., University of North Carolina


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: Permission of the instructor.

504 Agricultural Science for Teachers. (3, repeatable to 6) 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: Permission of the instructor.

505 Agricultural Science for Teachers II. (3) This is a follow-up course to the AGRI 504 course. This course is designed to provide a more intense discussion and immersion into agricultural issues for primary, middle, and secondary teachers. Teachers who are interested in expanding their curriculum by integrating agriculture into specific educational areas to assist in meeting state educational standards. Prerequisite: AGRI 504 and permission of the instructor.

507 Seminar. (1, repeatable to 4) Student participation and presentation of current topics in the major area.

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: AGRI 220.

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

455G Advanced Agricultural Marketing. (3) Options on futures, applied research methods, current events. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGEC 442.

457G Market Profile®. (3) Use of the Chicago Board of Trade Market Profile®; and Liquidity Data Bank®; for hedging and speculation. Not available to students who have completed AGEC 459. Three hours lecture. Prerequisite: AGEC 447.

539 U.S. Agricultural Trade. (3) An examination of the role of U.S. agricultural trade from an applied perspective. Trading blocs’ impact on agriculture in aligned and non-aligned countries will be considered. Business practices and cultural norms will be addressed. The “Americas” will be emphasized. Prerequisite: ECON 548 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

600 Independent Research. (1–3, repeatable to 3) Independent research and study of selected topics in agricultural economics. Prerequisites: Completion of 6 s.h. of graduate course work in agricultural economics and permission of the Department Chair.

620 Internship in Agribusiness. (1–6) This course will integrate agribusiness theories with applications to actual business practice. Students will be exposed to a variety of positions within the business firm during the semester. A faculty coordinator and an executive of the hosting firm will supervise all internships. Analytic reports of work accomplished by each student will be presented to the coordinator. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: ECON 508 or equivalent, completion of six hours of 500-level agricultural economics courses, and written approval of the Department Chairperson.

Agriculture Occupations Education

500 Program Development for Beginning Teachers in Agriculture I. (4) This course is designed to assist entry-level teachers in agriculture with teaching methodologies, classroom management techniques, and innovative instructional technologies. The implementation of this course will assist with improving and/or maintaining current state retention rates among entry-level secondary agriculture teachers in Illinois. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

501 Program Development for Beginning Teachers in Agriculture II. (3) This course is designed to be a follow-up to AGED 500. It is developed to build on the foundation put forth by the AGED 500 course on teaching methodologies, classroom management, and innovative instructional technologies. It is designed for agriculture teachers that have two to five years of teaching experience. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and AGED 500 or comparable course.

520 Basic Curriculum and Skill Development in Agriculture Mechanics. (3) The course is designed to teach basic curriculum and skill development in agricultural mechanics for agriculture teachers with seven or less years of teaching experience. Students will have the opportunity to apply mechanical principles in metal fabrication, carpentry, woodworking, internal combustion engines, and electrification in a laboratory setting associated with the agriculture field. Students will also be able to learn theoretical principles behind agricultural mechanics. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

Agricultural Technology Management

458G Agricultural Construction and Confined Animal Environments. (4) Addresses principles, design, and construction of wood, metal, and concrete structures in agriculture. Study of livestock manure and water systems, and environmental control of confined livestock facilities. Prerequisite: AGTM 250 or permission of the instructor.

461G Surveying and Soil and Water Conservation Engineering. (4) Development of surveying skills using a self level, transit, total station, GPS receiver and related software. Study of principles of water and wind erosion. Design of grass waterways, terraces, and other erosion control structures. Prerequisite: AGTM 250 or permission of the instructor.

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: AGTM 250 or permission of the instructor.


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. Prerequisites: AGRN 176 and AGRN 373.


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. Three hours lecture, two hours lab. 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. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Prerequisite: ANSC 222.

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


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.


406G Arboriculture. (4) Detailed study of woody plants with emphasis on growth and development, planting, pruning, fertilization, maintenance, valuation, hazard assessment, pest management, diagnostics, and site vegetation management. Prerequisite: FOR 200 or 208, or permission of the instructor.

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. Two hours lecture; two hours lab. Prerequisite: FOR 200 or 208.


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.