Program Information

With an ever increasing need for agricultural business employment, the Lambton College Agri-Business Management, Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed for students who wish to enter a career in the agricultural sector at the supervisory level, or to manage relationships in an agri-business environment typical of a sales or other agricultural services role.

In this multi-disciplined program, students utilize existing related education or experience to learn and apply a variety of skills to help operate and manage an agricultural business. Students develop a foundation of business skills, including communications, accounting, human resources, relationship managing and marketing strategies that apply to the Canadian agricultural industry of today. With the rapid adoption of agricultural technology, students study the impact of this technology on farm operations, as well as on other applications, from software to farm machinery.

To round out the learning, students study environmental farm management to gain a deeper understanding of the production of food, feed, and fuel as well as livestock physiology and health, pest control management and new and emerging agri-business technology. This hands-on program will include a real-world course on farm machinery to provide a robust understanding on farm equipment operations and safety.

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Admission Requirements

Ontario college diploma, Ontario College Advanced diploma, university degree or equivalent in Business, Science, Environmental, Agriculture or related fields of study.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
    - or -
    IELTS of 6.0 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • TOEFL iBT 79
    TOEFL 70 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Applicants from India, China, Vietnam, Philippines and Pakistan should note that IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Not all students will qualify for EAP-3106 in place of the required IELTS or TOEFL test scores.

Course List

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

MKT-1143: Marketing Fundamentals

This course introduces students to the foundations of successful marketing and prepares them for advanced marketing courses. The emphasis is on learning and applying marketing concepts in an ever-changing environment that is becoming more global in nature. Topics covered include the following: understanding the marketing environment, consumer and business behaviour, marketing intelligence, and the design and implementation of effective marketing strategies and marketing mix elements.

AGO-1003: Canadian Agri-Business Fundamentals

This course familiarizes students with the culture of the agriculture sector in Canada and introduces agricultural business from the provincial and national perspective. The curriculum explores the global policy framework as well as Canadian national and provincial laws and programs which support agricultural enterprises. In addition, key concepts of business management within the context of agriculture are discussed to provide foundations for sound business decisions. Students develop a strong understanding of collaborative or cooperative business organizations in the rural community, e.g. input cooperatives, mutual insurance, credit unions, telecommunications and cooperatives to apply to agri-business operations. Economic theory is applied as they relate to the agricultural industry in Canada.

MEC-1502: Canadian Workplace Health and Safety

In providing an overview of Canadian Labour laws, workplace rules and regulations, and Health and Safety Hazards in the workplace, students gain an understanding of the responsibilities of employers, worker's rights as well as the responsibilities of various organizations in the Canadian labour industry. Awareness and recognition of various health and safety risks arising from a variety of occupations is also covered.

BUS-1234: Business Applications

Strong computer skills are essential to finding employment in management and administration. This course provides students with resources and guidance to develop skills in Microsoft Office applications. While the focus will be spent learning and applying document processing, presentation and extra time on spreadsheet management tools, students will also develop skills in time management, self-discipline, and attention to detail. Students will also have an opportunity to improve their ability to read and follow written instructions. Computer Applications for Business is a course delivered using practical hands-on applications and comprises additional online skills assessment and training tools purposefully designed to provide flexibility in learning. This course further prepares students to apply these professional business application skills, with enhanced emphasis on spreadsheet management as they continue and expand in their program areas of study.

ACC-1093: Accounting Concepts I

This course is an introduction to the theory of accounting and the standard methods of recordkeeping for non-accounting major students. Generally accepted accounting principles and concepts are emphasized in the preparation of financial statements.

MKT-3403: Selling

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the sales process, and it is intended to help students to develop their selling, communication, and negotiation skills in order to be successful in a sales career. Topics presented include the following: the steps in the selling process, ethical issues in selling, the importance of the sales function, and integrating technology in the sales process. Students also learn how to develop negotiation skills, establish successful customer relationships, and develop winning communication skills in a variety of presentation situations. This course is highly interactive, and each student will be expected to fully participate online. Each student will be required to prepare and deliver a sales presentation as a part of this course.

MKT-1103: Social Media Marketing

This course explores online marketing tools and tactics, such as social media, email, digital advertising and content marketing, that businesses can use to build a profitable relationship with their customers. Students engage in simulated social media, email and digital advertising campaigns to gain a better understanding of how to use these tools in their marketing efforts. Along with learning about digital and social media marketing, students learn general principles of marketing that are key for every business, regardless of industry or size: identifying who your customers are; understanding what needs they have that you are uniquely able to serve; creating a brand voice that speaks to them; identifying who your competitors are; deciding how to differentiate your offering from theirs; and creating a plan for engaging customers across social media and digital advertising platforms.

AGO-2002: Agricultural Machinery and Farm Safety

This course studies the general overview of basic farm machinery and technology used in Canada. Students become familiar with the uses and purposes of tractors and combines as well as tillage, seeding, spraying and forage equipment. Precision Farming principles and components will also be introduced. As with all large farm equipment, safety is of utmost importance. Students describe and demonstrate safe farm workplace practices in Canada including dealing with on-site conditions, and emergencies and hazards, according to Canadian federal and provincial safety legislation and legal requirements.

AGO-2012: Introduction to Canadian Agricultural Law

In this course, students are introduced to elements of Canadian Law that play a significant role in agri-business and Canadian farming practices. Specific topics include the dispute resolution process, contracts and torts, commercial transactions, regulatory requirements for farming in Canada, plus selected relevant legislation.

AGO-2033: Introduction to Canadian Field Crops

This course takes a systems approach to Canadian agricultural crop production. Curriculum topics include identification of major Canadian crops and their product end use, land preparation, crop selection, crop establishment, and harvesting will be discussed, In addition, basic soil characteristics and plant morphology are studied.

FSQ-1013: Food Processing in Canada

The course will provide an overview of food and beverage processing industry in Canada such as diary, poultry and egg, wine, horticulture and introducing students to principles and practices of canning, freezing, dehydration, pasteurization and speciality food manufacture.

CPP-1001: Co-op Preparation

This course will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to Co-operative Education. This will include understanding the Co-operative Education & Internship Policy, understanding the support system available through the Co-op and Career Services department, utilizing social media, preparing effective cover letters & resume as well as the fundamentals of behavioural based interviewing.

AGO-3003: Canadian Greenhouse Production

Students in this course study a variety of greenhouse production including an overview of the Canadian greenhouse industry, production economics, chemical and biological pest control, and the production of bedding plants, potted, flowering plants and vegetables as well as an introduction to cannabis crops. In addition, students learn about the actual internal greenhouse environment necessary to understanding and working within a greenhouse. Students learn the necessary skills to enhance their background for employment in the greenhouse crop production industry.

AGO-3013: Introduction to Canadian Livestock Operations

In this introductory course, students examine fundamental principles of physiology, nutrition, and animal health. This course also studies Canadian production demographics, production trends and current issues affecting the livestock industry.

AGO-3033: Introductory Pest and Weed Control Management

Students will study the principles of pest management in agricultural cropping systems. They will learn the basic concepts of integrated pest management and principles guiding the safe use of pesticides. Students also study identification of selected weeds, diseases and insects of field crops in Canada.

AGO-3022: Farm Biosecurity in Canada

Biosecurity is the protection of livestock, poultry and crops from any type of disease or pest whether viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic. People, animals and equipment can bring diseases and pests with them from off-farm and spread them around the farm from one facility to another. This course will cover three primary control areas: farm access management (people and vehicles); animal and plant health management; and operational management (sanitation of equipment and facilities; wildlife and pests; and, training and documentation).

AGO-3053: Canadian Vegetable and Fruit Production Management

Curriculum focuses on the role of the Canadian climate in large-scale fruit and vegetable production; plant breeding and cold hardiness; flowering and fruit development; fruit growth, thinning and maturity indices; harvesting techniques; and concepts of postharvest sorting, crating and storage are discussed. In addition, planting, pruning, grafting and frost protection are also addressed. Soil, climate, and equipment, utilized for a wide variety of crops, including vegetable crops to vines is discussed Students learn the necessary skills to enhance their background for employment in the fruit and vegetable crop industry.

SCU-1603: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

FUNdamentals of Entrepreneurship is a gamified business simulation where students assume the role of an entrepreneur pursuing their passion of selling clothing online and in their retail store. The player subcribes to the guidance of a business coach and will build a successful venture in a virtual neighbourhood. The player can upgrade their store and operations by completed learning modules and testing. Through self-paced gameplay, students learn important concepts from Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Health and Safety, Risk Management and more. In the process, they acquire the skills to effectively run a company as they upgrade their operation by completing learning modules and quizzes. Each student has a unique playing experience via ingame customizations, such as avatar creation, and store design. All content is contained within the game - no textbook is required. Students who have successfully completed MAN-1183 are not eligible to take this course.

AGO-4001: Farm Machinery Operation

Students will participate in hands on tours of farm equipment in operation. Every effort will be made to ensure students get to experience hands on operation in real applications in the field. An emphasis will be placed on preparation, inspection and safe operating procedures. The goal will be to have the student proficient in the safe operation of 3 different machines.

CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to:


CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

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Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Career positions may include, but are not limited to:

  • agricultural consultant
  • agricultural extension supervisor
  • agricultural livestock specialist
  • agriculturist
  • agrologist
  • agronomist
  • crop specialist
  • farm management consultant

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus
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