Precision Agriculture

Precision Agriculture is a new program at Highland Community College and is available at three HCC locations - Highland campus, Wamego Center, and the Western Center in Baileyville.  

What is Precision Ag?

Precision Agriculture is a study of the basic principles of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Position System (GPS) and how the systems, along with the currently available and emerging technologies, are applied to the site-specific management of production agricultural resources, as a producer, advisor, or technician in the Precision Agricultural Field. 

Program content includes:

  • GPS Soil Sampling
  • Remote Sensing Technology
  • Computer Based Applications
  • Variable Rate Technology
  • Hands-on Learning

 

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 (Geographic 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 a certificate program and an AAS degree in Precision Agriculture

34 Hour Certificate B

All courses included in the Certificate A are marked with an asterick

Course #

Course Name

Credit

AB 114

Agriculture Orientation

2

AB 128

Agriculture Electronic Devices & Systems

3

*AB 130

Precision Farming Systems

3

*AB 132

Agricultural Data Management   Systems   

3

*AB 134

Precision Farming Hardware  

3

*AB 136

Introduction to Agricultural GIS 

3

AB 138

Remote Sensing

3

*AB 142

Field Mapping for Decision Making 

3

AB 144

Intermediate Agricultural GIS

3

AB 146

Aerial Systems Management

2

*AB 148

Positioning Systems Management    

3

AB 244

Precision Agriculture Capstone

3

 

Precision AG AAS Degree (65 Hours)

AAS degree in Precision Ag students complete the Cert B (34 hours, course listed above) plus the courses listed below 

AB 126

Principles of Agronomy

3

AB 203

Soils and Soils Lab

4

AB 227 or

BUS130

Agriculture Microcomputer

Microcomputer Applications I

3

AB 202 or

AB 224

Agriculture Economics

Range Management

3

ENG101

Composition I

3

ENG102 or SP 106

Composition II or Public Speaking

3

PE

Any PE course

1

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

For more information

Cara Baker, Western Center Director 785-442-6240 cbaker@highlandcc.edu

J.D. Koons, Wamego Center Director 785-442-6280 jkoons@highlandcc.edu

Stephanie Peterson, Director of Admission 785-442-6051 admissions@highlandcc.edu

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