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Technical Center Offers Precision Ag Classes This Fall

published May 30, 2024Technical Center Offers Precision Ag Classes This Fall

This fall, Highland Community College Technical Center in Atchison will open its doors to their first group of students enrolled in Precision Agriculture classes.

Students enrolled in the Precision Ag program learn content such as GPS soil sampling, remote sensing technology, computer-based application and variable rate technology. Students completing a certificate or degree in Precision Agriculture will be well-equipped to navigate the demands of modern farming on their own farm operations or obtain positions such as Precision Ag Technicians at implement dealers, Crop Specialists, Nutrient Management Specialists, Precision Ag Department Managers, Precision Agronomists or Precision Farming Coordinators.

Jacob Chalfant has been newly hired as the instructor at HCCTC for Precision Agriculture. He grew up in northeast Kansas working around row crop and cattle operations. After graduating from Kansas State with a degree in Ag Education, he took a job locally as a high school ag teacher where he’s been for the last three years. He and his wife also run a cow calf operation with their two dogs, Doc and Fritz.

“When I’m not teaching, judging or checking cows, you’ll find me outside enjoying nature. I’m excited to join the faculty at Highland and look forward to teaching Precision Agriculture this fall,” stated Chalfant.

Precision Agriculture classes have been taught at HCC since the fall of 2016. Students enrolled in Precision Ag classes may work toward a one-year certificate or an associate in applied science degree. For more information about Precision Agriculture classes or enrollment, contact the Technical Center at 785-442-6180, hcctc@highlandcc.edu or visit highlandcc.edu/PrecisionAg.

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