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Farm Production-Agronomy (Crop Science) Associate Degree

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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).
• 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 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019

Application Checklist

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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
10-890-101 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 ...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.
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.
10-090-303 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.
10-804-113 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: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
J SESSION
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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
1
SECOND SEMESTER
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.
10-093-306 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 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.
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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; 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)
10-093-308 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: 10-093-306, Forage Quality)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-093-350 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)
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.
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-806-112 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: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
J SESSION
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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
2
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-093-352 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)
10-093-354 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.
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)
10-809-172 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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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)
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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