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Precision Agriculture

Precision Agriculture is a new program at Highland Community College

What is Precision Ag?

Precision Agriculture is the practice of using remote sensing, soil sampling and information management tools to improve production. Precision agriculture is about whole farm management with the goal of optimizing returns on inputs while preserving resources. It relies on growing technologies like satellite imagery, information technology and geospatial tools.

 

Why consider Precision Ag?

Precision Ag is used more and more in local farming operations. With the increasing availability of such mapping technologies as GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and GIS (Geographical Information Systems), Precision Ag technicians will install, operate, troubleshoot and repair precision ag systems. Technicians will also use the advanced processing software to collect, visualize, and analyze data.

 

Students completing a certificate or degree program in Precision Ag will be more competent in their own farm operations or obtain positions such as Precision Ag Technicians (implement dealers), Crop Specialists, Nutrient Management Specialists, Precision Ag Department Managers, Precision Agronomists, and Precision Farming Coordinators.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in Precision Ag are expected to grow 10-19% from now through 2020. The average salary for someone working in this field is just over $40,000 per year.

 

What degrees are offered?

HCC offers an 18-hour certificate, 45-hour certificate, and an AAS degree in Precision Agriculture. Please refer to the website for a complete explanation of these options at http://highlandcc.edu/pages/precision-agriculture.

 

Get Started This Fall on your Precision Ag Degree

 

Course #

Course Name

Credit

Location

AB 114

Agriculture Orientation

2

Online, Wamego

AB 126

Principles of Agronomy

3

Western Center, Wamego, IDL

Eng 101

College English

3

Any HCC Site or online

Eng 102 or SP 106

College English II or Public Speaking

3

Any HCC Site or online

PE

Any PE course

1

Any HCC Site or online

AB 227

Agriculture Microcomputers

3

Highland

PS 107

General Chemistry w/ Lab

5

Highland, Holton, Perry, Wamego, and Online

Humanities and Fine Arts

Any course listed on degree sheet

3

Any HCC Site or online

Social & Behavioral Science

Any course listed on degree sheet

3

Any HCC Site or online

Choose The Program That Fits Your Needs

 

45 Hour Certificate Courses-Precision Ag with

Broad Ag Background

Course #

Course Name

Credit

AB 114

Agriculture Orientation

2

AB 126

Principles of Agronomy

3

AB 128

Agriculture Electronics Devices & Systems

3

 

AB 130*

Precision Farming Systems

3

AB 132*

Advanced Precision Farming Software

3

AB 134*

Advanced Precision Farming Hardware

3

AB 136*

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3

AB 138

Remote Sensing

3

AB 140

Principles of ArcView

3

AB 142*

Mapping for Decision Making

3

AB 144

Advanced Geographic Information Systems

3

AB 203

Soils and Soils Lab

4

AB 224

Range Management

3

AB 227

Agriculture Microcomputers I

3

AB 244*

Applications of Global Positioning Systems

2

AB 199*

Individual Study Project in Agriculture

1

18 Hour Precision Ag Certificate

Students who want to complete the 18-hour Precision Ag Certificate will need to complete the asterisked (*) courses above.

Precision AG AAS Degree (63 Hours)

The following 23 hours of coursework and 40 of the hours listed above will need to be completed to attain the AAS Degree in Precision Agriculture

Eng 101

College English

3

Eng 102 or SP 106

College English II or Public Speaking

3

PE

Any PE course

1

AB 227

Agriculture Microcomputers

3

AB 114

Agriculture Orientation

2

PS 107

General Chemistry w/ Lab

5

Humanities and Fine Arts

Any course listed on degree sheet

3

Social & Behavioral Science

Any course listed on degree sheet

3

 

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