Highland Community College

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 19-hour certificate, 34-hour certificate, and an AAS degree in Precision Agriculture. 

 

Get Started on your Precision Ag Degree!  Choose the program that fits your needs.   

 

19 Hour Certificate A

Course #

Course Name

Credit

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 142

Field Mapping for Decision Making 

3

AB 148

Positioning Systems Management    

3

AB 199 or 

Individual Study Project in Agriculture

1

AB 244

Precision Agriculture Capstone

3

 

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 140

Introduction to Arcview

3

AB 203

Soils and Soils Lab

4

AB 227

Agriculture Microcomputer

3

AB 224

Range Management

3

ENG101

College English

3

ENG102 or SP 106

College English 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

 

 

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