Program Overview

Precision Agriculture Technology is a comprehensive program that provides a solid background in the high-tech practices, equipment, and software being utilized in production agriculture today. Using a combination of classroom, shop, and field environments, students acquire the skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive precision agriculture industry.

Students will learn about applying geospatial science principles and management zone concepts to crop production, soil science and fertility. The program offers hands-on experience using electromagnetic (EM) and electrical conductivity (EC) soil mapping, satellite imagery, remote sensing (Infrared/Thermal), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), variable-rate irrigation management, and computer information technologies. Students will also become proficient users of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), farm management software, GPS data collectors, Real-time Kinematics (RTK), soil moisture probes, weather stations, farm security systems, and asset management tools. Other focuses of the program include: installing tractor guidance systems, performing precision field operations, working with section control technologies, generating prescription maps, and managing digital farm data. A heavy emphasis is put on professionalism, time management, and client support strategies.

This program will prepare students for a wide range of employment options, including: high-tech crop producer, tractor guidance specialist, agronomy technician, crop consultant, GIS/Imagery technician, UAV operator, VRI irrigation specialist, geospatial technician, EM/EC soils surveyor, precision equipment sales & support, ag business technician, custom applicator, and integrated solutions consultant.

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Program Length

Two Years

Degree:

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary
$45,000 – 60,000 per year