An online agricultural degree is now more common than ever, with graduates graduating from university with an interest in farming.
The industry has grown exponentially in recent years, but with the rise of the internet and mobile, the skills and knowledge required to become a farmer are more important than ever.
Some graduates are also looking to work for a business to further their online learning and career.
But what are the practical benefits of an online farming degree?
The majority of farming students who complete an online agricultural diploma will earn a higher degree, but there are also a few other benefits to choosing a degree.
These include:A Bachelor of Agriculture, Farming or Agricultural Marketing degree will give you the knowledge to help you in the field and also help you to establish your farm, said Dr. Lisa McPherson, vice president of education at the National Association of State Farm Agencies.
“If you are looking to start your own business, this degree will allow you to take your business online and apply for grants to purchase equipment, equipment supplies and equipment leases,” she said.
In the past, students who took a bachelor of agriculture, agricultural marketing or agricultural engineering degree in an accredited university would have a two-year program with a total of two years of online coursework.
The two years could be followed by a two year degree at a postgraduate level, but that is no longer the case, according to McPheerson.
Online courses will also help students take a course load that can be taken on-demand, she said, which is also very beneficial for a student who has already completed a bachelor degree.
“Students with an online degree can do that online and it allows them to start and grow their business,” she added.
Another benefit to a degree is that students will have access to industry professionals who can advise them on how to get the most out of their course, McPhea said.
Another disadvantage to an online agriculture degree is the cost.
Online agricultural courses can cost between $5,000 and $15,000.
But with the growing demand for online farming and the cost of internet access, students may be able to save money by getting a cheaper degree, McPhone said.
Online degrees are currently offered by five universities, but McPhee said the most popular programs are at the state and local level.
She said the major is usually offered by a university with a large research base and has the potential to be even more successful if more universities offer online courses.
The National Association for State Farm Agricultural Agencies (NASFA) says online agriculture programs can be offered at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of Oklahoma, Georgia Tech and Texas A & M University.
The NASFA says more than 3,600 online degrees are offered each year at more than 600 universities across the United States.
According to NASFA, there are about 20 online agriculture degrees offered each school.
They can be found on NASFA’s website.
The NASFA offers online farming degrees for students who are in the middle of completing their degree and want to continue working on the farm.
“This can help students who want to start a farm but want to learn more about the business and to gain valuable industry knowledge,” NASFA said.