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by Valarie Martin

October 27, 2005


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Agricultural technology management (ATM) prepares students for careers that require an understanding of both technology and management. 

The goal of the ATM program is to educate technology managers who possess an understanding of agriculture and biological sciences and the problem-solving capabilities of an engineer.  The curriculum in intended for students who want a broader education than is provided by the engineering curriculum, but who do not desire the analytical focus necessary for an engineering degree.


POSSIBLE CAREERS:  Field test analyst, regional service manager, plant manager, sales representative, engineering manager, crop consultant, engineering technician, farm manager


WHERE YOU MIGHT WORK:  Farm equipment manufacturers, government agencies, agribusiness firms, implement dealers, natural resource conservation service, financial institutions, engine manufacturers


ACADEMICS:  The ATM program prepares individuals to organize and manage technology-based businesses and operations.  The emphasis is on planning and directing an industry or business project with responsibility for results.  This program provides an understanding of how equipment, facilities, and technology are used with plants and animals and their products.  These processes require an understanding of biological and physical sciences to produce and maintain product quality. 


The ATM curriculum emphasizes the application and integration of agricultural/biological sciences, agricultural engineered systems, and business.  Courses are designed to apply physical concepts and problem solving to food and agricultural systems.  Supporting courses provide a foundation of mathematics, chemistry, business, computer and communication skills.  Technical electives are available to develop a degree program that meets personal career objectives.


Students are required to select one or more agricultural science areas of emphasis (animal science, agronomy, agricultural business/economics, horticulture, grain science, etc.) to complement their ATM degree program.


Many students integrate one or more academic minors, a secondary major in natural resources and environmental sciences, or a dual major.  Some students also choose to complete the John Deere Dealership Management Program.  Careful planning allows students to incorporate one or all of these options into their ATM degree program and still graduate in about four years.


For more information, contact the College of Agriculture at KSU at 785-532-6151 or go on-line to   http://www.ag.k-state.edu

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