In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on Saturday, March 5, 2022, via Zoom, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve two new academic degree programs in the School of Agriculture (SOA) and to restructure the tuition and offerings for the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program.  

The Board approved the Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Business (AASAB) and Associate of Applied Science in General Agriculture (AASGA) degrees after hearing a presentation from School of Agriculture Dean Dr. Usman Adamu.  

“The Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Business is one of the most in demand degrees today,” said Dr. Adamu, in his report to the Board. “Many employment opportunities are available to students with training in agricultural business.” 

Positions are available with businesses that process and market agricultural products and with the large number of businesses that sell products and services to farmers and ranchers, such as fertilizer companies, farm machinery companies, banks, and farm credit institutions. The national average salary for Agricultural Business is $63,000 annually and salaries range from $19,000 to $125,000. 

The SOA’s Associate of Applied Science in General Agriculture degree program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of agriculture-related positions. Courses include Introduction to Agriculture, Livestock Production, Tropical Agroecology, and Farm Management and Planning. Career possibilities range from a farmer, rancher or farm manager to an agricultural technician supervisor at a greenhouse or nursery. 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI - and from this direct link