Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education

Your Future Success in Agriculture: Knowledge in Business, Leadership, and Education

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Program Overview

Envision starting your journey in agricultural business at College of Western Idaho (CWI), where your educational path is our priority. The Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education program is a unique blend of agriculture and business, tailored to nurture your aspirations. Here, you will learn about the ever-evolving agricultural industry, leadership, and education, preparing you for a multitude of roles within this vital sector.

At CWI, we offer more than just courses; we provide an experience that shapes your future. With small classes and attentive instructors, you receive the attention and support you need to thrive. This program is your first step toward higher education, giving you a competitive edge whether you plan to pursue a bachelor's degree or advance further. Students who begin at CWI often find greater success in their ongoing educational journeys, and our program is designed to ensure you are part of this success story.

Degree or Certificate Type

Associate of Arts



Additional cost may apply.

Time to Complete

2 years

Coming Soon

Construction of a 40-acre site dedicated to the College's expanding Horticulture and Agricultural Science programs is well underway! With estimated completion planned for Summer 2025, the expansion will offer modern learning spaces including flex classrooms, greenhouses, a barn and working farm, experimental labs, and more.

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Learning Opportunities

  • Agricultural Business Insights: Gain comprehensive knowledge in agricultural business and leadership.
  • Hands-On Experience: Apply your learning in real agricultural settings.
  • Leadership Development: Cultivate leadership skills relevant to the agricultural industry.
  • Pathway to Higher Education: Build a foundation for advanced degrees in agriculture-related fields.
  • Personalized Support: Benefit from CWI’s small class sizes and dedicated faculty.

Area of Study

Degrees & Certificates

Agriculture Business, Leadership, and Education – Associate of Arts Degree




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Career Opportunities

  • Postsecondary Teachers


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  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers

    Plan, direct, or coordinate the management or operation of farms, ranches, greenhouses, aquacultural operations, nurseries, timber tracts, or other agricultural establishments. May hire, train, and supervise farm workers or contract for services to carry out the day-to-day activities of the managed operation. May engage in or supervise planting, cultivating, harvesting, and financial and marketing activities.


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  • First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers

    Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers.


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*Data sourced from Lightcast™ (2023), a global leader in labor market analytics, and limited to the state of Idaho. Contact CWI Institutional Research for questions regarding this data.

"This program is tough and requires a lot of work, but I believe it is one of the greatest fields to get into. I found my true calling late, but at least I found it." Read more > about Reaping the Benefits of a Student’s Generosity
Stuart Tice
Student, Agriculture Science


Step 1

  • Apply to CWI.
  • Choose Agricultural Business, Leadership, and Education as your major.

Step 2

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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