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Farm Production-Agronomy (Crop Science) Associate Degree

Program Code: 100904

Interested in agricultural industry management careers? With the Farm Production – Agronomy associate degree under your belt, you will be prepared to work in entry-level management positions on large dairy farms. Graduates are also qualified for employment as crop scouts, farm equipment salespeople, and environmental compliance and equipment operators. With additional work experience and test compliance, graduates would qualify for certified crop advisor (CCA) status, which would allow the grads to write nutrient management plans for confined animal feeding operations (CAFO) farms in compliance with federal regulations.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Agronomy, 310904


Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

• Crop scout

• Farm equipment sales

• Environmental compliance

• Equipment operator

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• With test compliance, would qualify for CCA (certified Crop Advisor) status


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent (for a list of equivalents, go to
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Summer 2020 Fall 2020 Spring 2021
Green Bay ---
Marinette ---
Sturgeon Bay ---

Application Checklist

Students following the study plan below will complete the Farm Production-Agronomy associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-090-301 INTRO TO AGRONOMY ...this class provides a fundamental introduction to agronomy careers and opportunities. Through hands-on activities, class speakers, in-person tours, and site visits, students will gain a basic understanding of the opportunities in agronomy careers. Students will also develop an understanding of the basic agronomic crops and evaluation of alternative crops. Topics include: variety selection, planting and fertility options. Students will be familiar with all inputs in a cropping plan and features and benefits of the feed and economic value of all options.
10-090-302 BASIC SOILS ...course is designed to provide the student with fundamental knowledge of soil and soil composition. Students will study soil types, formation factors, physical properties, biological properties and basic soil chemistry. Units covering tillage, conservation, pH and soil management will also be included. Students will gain the skills required to interpret soil survey maps and recognize qualities of various soil types as well as perform soil sampling, residue measurements, compaction assessments and soil loss determinations per crop rotation guidelines.
10-090-312 PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) ...field scouting techniques, weed, insect, disease ID stressed. Class will enable student to scout corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat with supervision from the instructor.
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arithmetic score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 573; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-090-303 AGRIBUSINESS ECONOMICS ...basic knowledge of macro and micro economics will be taught, proficiency in developing basic cash flows, cost benefit analysis, enterprise analysis, budget development, profit loss statements and developing cost of production. Student should be able to develop adequate information for farm manager to analyze business proposals.
10-093-309 CROP SCOUTING INTERNSHIP …a supervised internship will provide hands on experience in the field for critical pests and yield estimates for student and farm. Weekly sessions will be conducted in a group session to discuss current findings and prepare for the next weeks pest(s) of concern. This will add confidence to the student and offer value to the host farm (Prerequisite: 10-090-312, Principles of IPM; Corequisite: 10-093-306, Forage Quality)
10-093-306 FORAGE QUALITY ...aspects of cutting height, harvest dates, harvest schedule, plant moisture, plant varieties, forage additives, milk per acre and use specific forages. Students in both agronomy and dairy science should utilize this course as the impacts from one enterprise affect overall profitability. Aspects of feed/forage analysis as well as feed utilization will be emphasized.
10-090-307 PRECISION AG TECHNOLOGIES ...gathering and management of digital data will be covered for understanding the value and mechanics of weather gathering, drone operations, chemical compatibility, pest ID, crop record keeping, equipment maintenance and yield mapping.
10-070-305 FIELD EQUIPMENT & MAINTENANCE...understanding of implements utilized in the production of field crops and waste handling. Basic machinery handling skills, maintenance, safety and troubleshooting. Access to and understanding of technical manuals, harvest data, GPS operations, load handling and field communications.
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-506-146 INTRO TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE introduction to the basic principles of environmental science including ecology, energy, resources, waste management, air, water, and soil pollution.
10-090-326 INTRO TO DAIRY SCIENCE ...this course provides basic knowledge of the dairy science field. Topics include animal health, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, basic breed characteristics and animal feedstuffs.
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 260; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-093-355 MANURE MANAGEMENT ...environmental and plant nutrient concepts will be covered in this course. Students will be able to interpret manure analysis and crop needs in order to utilize manure most effectively. Critical soils and topographical challenges will be covered so students can optimize the utilization of this resource and minimize the impact of this potential pollutant. Outcome based projects will be developed to evaluate the manure treatment options available to compartmentalize the components of the manure. (Prerequisites: 10-090-302, Basic Soils; 10-093-350, Nutrient Management Planning and Compliance)
10-090-353 LEGAL ASPECTS OF AGRICULTURE ...students will be exposed to the various compliance issues farmers need to comply with from environmental to animal welfare. This is intended to give prospective employees a better understanding of what is required of them and their employers.
10-093-352 PLANT SCIENCE...understanding basic genetic principles and the use of genetically modified organisms in today's agriculture is critical for successfully implementing an agronomic plan. Students will be able to evaluate crop genetics from several crops for yield, disease resistance, insect resistance, herbicide tolerance, drought tolerance and feed quality. (Prerequisite: 10-090-301, Intro to Agronomy)
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-090-377 FARM BUSINESS PLANNING... will explore good management techniques and economic principles, as well as the link to the decision-making process to develop the framework for successful farm operation and organization. Students will be exposed to the various compliance issues in the agriculture industry - from environmental to animal welfare. Students will develop the leadership skills needed to fulfill occupational, social, and civic responsibilities. (Prerequisite:10-090-303, Agribusiness Economics)
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an institutional requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Prepare cost benefit analysis
• Coordinate fertility, pesticide, varietal selection and harvest scheduling
• Supervise tillage, planting, spraying, harvesting and transportation operations
• Effectively communicate technical information
• Acquire skills for working on large dairy farms


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