​Farm Operation and Management​


Ag Career Fair and Technology Showcase

December 2nd, 2016
8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Meet in the student
center cafeteria at 8:30 am

Ridgewater College Willmar Campus Cafeteria
•   Discover employment opportunities in agriculture
•   Attend industry presentations about ag products and technologies
•   Network with industry representatives from major agriculture companies
•   Explore trade show exhibits
•   Hear about ag programs available at Ridgewater College
Contact Curt Fettig at curt.fettig@ridgewater.edu or 320-222-5267 if you have questions

Program Distinctions 

• 4 INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCES on your farm or other farms 
• HANDS-ON TRAINING on SCHOOL FARM and in labs and shops
• CONNECTIONS with other dairy students and industry reps through Post-secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) club

About the Program

The two-year Farm Operation and Management program ​includes courses in all phases of technical agriculture with special emphasis on farm management. Students enrolled in Farm Operation and Management have a choice of four specializations:

  • Farm Management
  • Crop Science
  • Animal Science
  • Dairy Science

Students attend classes for approximately six weeks and then are released for a four-week period of internship during the height of fall field work. Upon their return, they follow the regular schedule until they are released in April for a spring internship. During the summer session, students are given the option of attending any or all of the courses offered. During the internship periods, students are supervised by an instructor. Students take advanced classes their second year and graduate at the end of May.

Ridgewater Ag Program

Ridgewater’s Agriculture program is the largest 2-year program in Minnesota, and has 9 full-time faculty members to ensure students get the personal attention they need to succeed.

The Agriculture programs at Ridgewater offer students the opportunity to learn and be involved outside the classroom with a very active PAS organization (Post-secondary Agriculture Students). Highlights include:

  • Largest PAS chapter in the United States (including Vet Tech)
  • Dairy Specialist teams have been seven-time national PAS contest winners
  • College Bowl 2nd place at Nationals
  • National winner – Sales Contest – 2005 & 2006
  • Large number PAS state officers
  • 2007-08 State PAS President and State PAS Vice President; 2009-10 National Secretary
  • Much success at state and national contest levels



Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.