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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

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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

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent (for a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. The program benchmark for Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting the benchmark or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2017Fall 2017Spring 2018
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Farm Production-Agronomy associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-090-301
Intro to Agronomy
3
10-090-301 INTRO TO AGRONOMY ...utilization of foundation agronomic crops and evaluation of alternative crops, including variety selection, planting, fertilization options, weed control, pest control, harvesting and storage of both forage and grain crops. Students will be familiar with all inputs in a cropping plan and features and benefits of the feed and economic value of all options. Understanding aspects of double cropping and emergency cropping practices. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-090-302
Basic Soils
3
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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-090-303
Farm Economics
3
10-090-303 FARM 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. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
J SESSION
10-090-304
Prin of Integrated Pest Mgmt
1
10-090-304 PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT ...field scouting techniques, weed, insect, disease ID stressed. Class will enable student to scout corn, soybeans, alfalfa and wheat with supervision from the Instructor. Course Typically Offered: J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
1
SECOND SEMESTER
10-090-305
Field Equipment Operation
3
10-090-305 FIELD EQUIPMENT OPERATION ...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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-090-306
Forage Quality
3
10-090-306 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. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-090-307
Computer Apps for Agronomy
3
10-090-307 COMPUTER APPS FOR AGRONOMY ...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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall
10-090-308
Crop Scouting Internship
3
10-090-308 CROP SCOUTING INTERNSHIP ... a supervised summer 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: 10-090-304, Principles of IPM; Corequisite: 10-090-306, Forage Quality) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-090-350
NMP and Compliance
3
10-090-350 NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND COMPLIANCE ...student will have a proficiency in basic soil fertility and fertilizers with an emphasis on manure. Basic understanding of crop fertility requirements and soil pH impacts. Soil lab analysis and field mapping will be integrated through the use of SNAP Plus as an industry standard in nutrient management planning software. Students will be prepared to complete the CCA certified crop advisor exam allowing them to write nutrient management plans. (Prerequisite: 10-090-302, Basic Soils) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-090-351
Farm Business Planning
3
10-090-351 FARM BUSINESS PLANNING ...students will be able to complete partial budgets and do cost benefit analysis for alternative agronomic practices. Plan assessments will be prepared in a team environment to allow business plans to be prepared for macro and micro projects. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=75 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-806-112
Principles of Sustainability
3
10-806-112 PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABILITY...prepares the student to develop sustainable literacy, analyze the interconnections among the physical and biological sciences and environmental systems, summarize the effects of sustainability on health and well-being, analyze connections among social, economic, and environmental systems, employ energy conservation strategies to reduce the use of fossil fuels, investigate alternative energy options, evaluate options to current waste disposal and recycling in the U.S., and analyze approaches used by your community to promote and implement sustainability. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-103
Think Critically & Creatively
3
10-809-103 THINKING CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY ...instruction in realistic/practical methods of thinking, including decision making, problem solving, analyzing ideas, troubleshooting, argumentation, persuasion, creativity, setting goals/objectives. Students apply strategies/tools in a variety of situations. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
J SESSION
10-090-353
Legal Aspects of Agriculture
2
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. Course Typically Offered: J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
2
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-090-352
Plant Genetics
3
10-090-352 PLANT GENETICS ...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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-090-354
Digital Map Spatial Concepts
3
10-090-354 DIGITAL MAP SPATIAL CONCEPTS ...precision agriculture is relying on GPS to fine tune our agronomic applications. Students will be able to gather pertinent data and layer multiple sources of information allowing environmentally sound agronomic practices while improving crop yield and quality. Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-090-355
Manure Management
3
10-090-355 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; 10-090-350, Nutrient Management Planning and Compliance) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-199
Psychology Of Human Relations
3
10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
61
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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Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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