Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education

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Agriculture is a major industry in Idaho and throughout the United States. If you are looking to broaden your horizon within the field and bring a unique skill set to the job market, this program will provide you with the foundation to be successful advancing agriculture through a variety of avenues. Various coursework allows students to broaden their knowledge in Agricultural Business Management, Plant and Soil Science, and Business Communication.

Transfer options to University of Idaho


Agriculture Business, Leadership, and Education (ABLE) at CWI will foster a comprehensive understanding of, and lifelong appreciation for, the contributions of agriculture in the local, statewide, national, and global community. Our Agriculture program will empower students to meet the challenges of their individual career goals as well as enable them to be responsive to future changes in the agricultural industries.

Why This Program

An Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education degree from the College of Western Idaho (CWI) can put you on the path to a professional position in public service or private industry as you transition to a career or a university setting.

Courses will prepare students to think critically, navigate new technology, network with peers, communicate in an effective way, and gain fundamental business skills. The curriculum emphasizes a broad study of food, animal, and plant production in addition to communication and business courses. Many of the courses within this degree are available for students to take online. The curriculum emphasizes a broad study of:
- Fermentation Science
- Why food choices matter
- Animal Science
- Plant Production
- Soil Science
- Farm Management
- Business Communications

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Gain a robust foundation to support increasingly comprehensive knowledge in the agricultural sciences
  • Become a critical thinker who utilizes scientific approaches when addressing questions regarding the production of food, feed, and fiber
  • Recognize and effectively communicate the importance of the agricultural sciences as a resource for human society

Additional Opportunities

  • CWI has an agreement with the University of Idaho which allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science Communications and Leadership. Students who complete an Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education degree from CWI can enroll at the University of Idaho, and stay in the Treasure Valley to earn a Bachelor’s degree. 
  • Students can engage in CWI's campus garden and help with the annual Farm to Fork event.
  • Students enroll in a capstone course (AGRI 290) where they gain a valuable real world experience in their chosen profession.

Respectful Community

College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

CWI Agriculture Industry Panel Q&A

The panel will provide a unique opportunity for students to engage directly with professionals in agriculture and gain a better understanding of the industry.

Andrea Schumaker touring the CWI Campus Garden

Tickets for Farm to Fork, a dinner hosted by College of Western Idaho Agriculture Science faculty and students, are on sale now!

Humphrey the Hawks with SCORE Big Scholarship recipient, Madigan Grigsby, and President Gordon Jones

College of Western Idaho took over Memorial Stadium in a BOLD way Thursday night during CWI Night at the Hawks raising more than $1,000 for scholarships.

Andrea Schumaker, College of Western Idaho's Faculty of Distinction for November 2020

Congratulations to Andrea Schumaker, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for November 2020.

Farm to Fork Benefiting College of Western Idaho Campus Garden

Experience a true farm to fork meal from the comfort of your own home featuring produce grown in CWI's campus garden.

Nearly 70 guests embarked on a culinary exploration of the Treasure Valley during their five-course meal.

Farm to Fork Dinner was a tremendous success raising more than $4,000 for the campus garden.