Agriculture

Do you like plants, animals, and nurturing God’s creation? When you study agriculture at Dordt, you will have the chance to become a farmer, ag teacher, agronomist, livestock producer, agri-business manager, or start the journey to becoming a veterinarian.

As a Dordt agriculture major, you’ll not only learn about plants and animals, but also the business and economic side of the industry. You’ll gain knowledge in production, processing, distribution, marketing, disposal, and more.

You’ll also learn how to be a good steward of God’s creation, caring for it wisely, and learning how it not only affects you but also the world around us.

 

 

Program Options

As an agriculture major you’ll take Core Program courses that lay a foundation upon which to build your career. Courses in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences will help you develop a comprehensive view of agriculture, regardless of your program emphasis.

There are many different opportunities within the agriculture program, including participating in hands-on labs, working at the Agriculture Stewardship Center (ASC), and internships available locally, nationally, and internationally.

  • Agriculture: for any of variety of agricultural careers.
  • Agribusiness: for a business career in the agriculture industry, farm management, or related business fields.
  • Agriculture education: for teaching agriculture at the high school level.
  • Animal science: for pre-veterinary programs, graduate school, and careers in livestock production or related services.
  • Ag missions: for working in agriculture on the mission field.
  • Biotechnology: for biotechnology-related areas, including research.
  • Plant science: for graduate study or a career in agronomy, pest management, or horticulture.
  • Pre-veterinary program: for meeting the requirements of the school you’ll attend.
  • Associate of agriculture: a two-year associate degree that will move directly into a job after graduation.

Learn More

Check out our program strengths and get to know our facilities, the Science and Technology Center, and the ASC.

Gary De Vries

Gary De Vries
Agriculture Department Instructor
Department Chair

SB 1620
(712) 722-6271
Gary.DeVries@dordt.edu

Dr. Jeremy Hummel

Dr. Jeremy Hummel
Professor of Agriculture

SB 1619
(712) 722-6276
Jeremy.Hummel@dordt.edu

Dr. Dick Joerger

Dr. Dick Joerger
Professor of Agriculture

SB 1610
(712) 722-6423
Dick.Joerger@dordt.edu

Dr. John Olthoff

Dr. John Olthoff
Professor of Agriculture

SB 1621
(712) 722-6270
John.Olthoff@dordt.edu

Kyle Dahl

Kyle Dahl
Associate Professor of Agriculture

SB 1618
(712) 722-6378
Kyle.Dahl@dordt.edu

Dr. Spring Dahl

Dr. Spring Dahl
Associate Professor of Agriculture

SB 1616
(712) 722-6275
Spring.Dahl@dordt.edu