6 & 12 Week Courses – Organic Agribusiness
Are you interested in joining the agricultural community? Do you seek to acquire the fundamental skills of self employment or are you looking to be more competitive in the job market? AiSA has educated transitioning service men and women, as well as members of the general public, to be successful in the sustainable and organic agricultural industry, known as Agribusiness.
Formerly known as VSAT or the Veteran’s Sustainable Agriculture Training program, more than 600 graduates have left our Agribusiness education farm ready to help feed our nation since 2007. We assist with the job placement and business creation after graduation. Our graduates include successful farm owners and workers, soil-testing pioneers, restaurateurs, and owners of food companies.
We have partnered with the University of Minnesota Crookston to offer 16 semester credits of college coursework for the program. You can work with our certifier at UMN Crookston to obtain the program credits through DOD Skillbridge or with funds from your GI Bill. These credits are applied towards the University of Minnesota’s undergraduate Certificate in Agricultural Business. Archi’s Institute also provides certificates of completion in Sustainable Agriculture, ServSafe Food Safety, and a Certified Hydroponicist certificate.
This program is 100% online, with opportunity for in-person farm labs if desired (but not required). We have had graduates from all over the world!
BIOL 3496 Special Topics – Sustainable Agriculture. Students learn the methods of sustainability in crop productions as well as business practices. (2 Credits)
AGEC 1004 Introduction to Agribusiness. Background of American agriculture. Interrelationships of agricultural industries. Economic concepts of production, marketing , and consumption. Principles of management. Agricultural policy. Issues/trends in agribusiness. (3 Credits)
AGEC 2530 Professional Agriselling. Use of technical and agricultural knowledge in agricultural sales. Need-Satisfaction approach to selling. Planning and conducting informational meetings, exhibiting at farm and trade shows, importance of service and timelines in agribusiness, and practice in making gristles presentations. (3 Credits)
AGEC 3440 Fundamentals of Value-Added Agriculture. Explore different aspects of value added agriculture as it relates to the production or manufacturing processes, marketing, or services that increase value of primary commodities or apples to the final consumers. (3 credits)
6 Weeks (Day Class):
January 8 – February 16 2024
February 26 – April 5 2024
March 18 – April 26 2024
June 3 – July 12 2024
August 26 – October 4 2024
October 21 – December 6 2024 (no class Thanksgiving week)
12 Weeks (Nights & Weekends):
February 5 – April 26 2024
September 9 – December 6 2024 (no class Thanksgiving week)
How to Sign Up
STEP 1: Complete your Archis’s Institute for Sustainable Agriculture registration:
Click on the “Register Here” button on the top left of this page. Complete the form and click SUBMIT. This holds your seat in the class of your choosing and enters you into our system. You will receive an email titled Steps to Enroll.