Agriculture Sciences

Two Years, Great Careers!

The largest two-year agriculture department in the nation!*

Kirkwood agricultural programs provide students with exceptional hands-on learning experiences.

Areas of emphasis include animal and crop production, wildlife management, horticulture, small animal health, agriculture business, precision farming, and diesel technology.

*Based on number of graduates.

Agriculture Sciences Programs:

Available Program Conferences

Program conferences are a great way for you to learn specific information about the program you selected and all special requirements, such as tool sets, time commitments and academic expectations. If you have not already done so, apply for the program online and complete a placement test. ACT or Accuplacer/ALEKS scores are accepted. Your program coordinator will use the test scores to determine your academic starting point.

Click the link to your program of interest below to register for a program conference. 

Agriculture — 319-398-5609

Animal Health — 319-398-5609

Diesel Technology — 319-398-5609

Horticulture — 319-398-5441

Agriculture Sciences Facilities

Washington Hall contains a variety of laboratories and classrooms related to diesel mechanics, GPS/GIS technologies, applied chemistry, ag business, and commercial wine making.

Programs of study in Washington Hall:

  • Agriculture Business
  • Agricultural Science
  • Diesel Ag Technology
  • Diesel Truck Technology

Students in Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape, Nursery and Garden Center Management, and Parks and Natural Resources gain practical experience in the Horticulture building that includes:

  • 8,000 square foot greenhouse divided into six separately controlled compartments
  • 30-station computer lab
  • Outdoor display gardens

Students in the Veterinary Technician, Veterinary Assisting, and Pet Grooming programs gain hands-on experience in the labs of Animal health. This building is a joint partnership with Diamond V Mills. Inside Animal Health you will find the following features:

  • Pet grooming lab
  • Animal surgical suite
  • Procedure labs
  • Kennel

To meet the needs of a growing horse industry, Kirkwood has added a new equestrian center to its campus. Explore more of the Iowa Equestrian Center and its facilities.

The center offers:

  • 100' x 200' indoor show arena with 240 seats
  • 130' x 300' lighted outdoor arena
  • 27' stall stable with 2 tack rooms, a stock veterinarian and farrier area, wash racks, lockers, and storage areas for machinery, hay, grain and bedding
  • Air-conditioned concession area
  • Modern classrooms
  • Parking for 200 vehicles

Agriculture Sciences Administration and Staff

Scott Ermer

Ashley Moeller
Associate Dean

Holly Feldmann
Department Coordinator

Sue Robinson
Department Assistant

Kathy Visser
Department Assistant

Agriculture Business and Agricultural Science

Rhonda Clough
319-398-5899 ext. 5132

David Harper, PhD
Assistant Professor
319-398-5899 ext. 4244

Tyler Krug

Terry Chapman

Josh Henik
Assistant Professor

James Jordan
Assistant Professor 

Rich Rourke
Associate Professor

Animal Health Technology (Pet Grooming, Veterinary Assistant, and Veterinary Technician)

Randy Ackman, D.V.M.
319-398-5899 ext. 5922

Becky Bean-Rask, RVT
319-398-5899 ext. 4027

Erin Dahlstrom, RVT
Instructor/Program Coordinator

Arlin W. Karsten, D.V.M.

Donna McAllister, RVT
Vet Technician
319-398-5899 ext. 4027

Kristi Murdock, RVT
Associate Professor / Program Director
319-398-5899 ext. 4227

Diesel Technologies

Scott Anderson
319-398-5899 ext. 1084

Doug Carlson

Eric Conklin
Assistant Professor
319-398-5899 ext. 5759

Landscape Horticulture Studies and Golf Course and Athletic Turfgrass Management

Shawna Moss
319-398-5899 ext. 5136

Bob Smith
319-398-5899 ext. 5127

Michael Burkle
Associate Professor
319-398-5899 ext. 5141

Parks and Natural Resources

Ken Carroll
319-398-5899 ext. 5130

Zach Hall
Associate Professor
319-398-5899 ext. 4319

Richard Dunbar


Hannah Dunlap
Greenhouse and Horticulture Lab Coordinator
319-398-5899 ext. 5100

Department of Agricultural Sciences
Phone: 319-398-5609
Fax: 319-398-5611