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Agribusiness Agronomy Technician

31-006-4 Technical Diploma (TD) 30 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

Crop production is a high-stakes business that demands a solid foundation in science. With the growing use of precision agriculture applications and regulatory constraints, you’ll need more specialized skills. This program will give you a deep understanding of the science and technology of using plants as a source of food. You’ll get hands-on experience producing a crop, keeping pests away, making soil more fertile, marketing commodities and managing a farm. Agronomy technicians help farmers get maximum production from the land using the latest technology.


*Course list for reference only. Current students please refer to your individualized program plan or see your advisor.

Occupational Specific (30 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
Integrated Pest Mgmt & Weed Identification
Acquaints students with the general use, safety, laws and regulations for chemical application in Wisconsin. Completion of the Wisconsin Commercial Applicators Certification is an optional portion of the course. Identification of the major weeds found in Wisconsin crop lands is emphasized.
Agricultural Crop Production
Prepares students to recognize and implement basic crop production management techniques for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, small grains and general forages used on Wisconsin farms. Field preparation, fertility, seed selection, planting and in-season management of specific crops will be emphasized.
Introduction to Agribusiness
Provides an overview of, and exploration into career pathways and employment opportunities, in the agricultural industry. Key issues discussed include trends and economic concepts of production, marketing and consumption of agriculture products, principles of management, and financial management.
Animal Science Fundamentals
Provides fundamental knowledge of the animal science field. Topics include animal health, animal environments, anatomy and physiology, genetics and reproduction, animal feedstuffs, and job-related safety. Students will experience animal concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Introduction to Soils
Provides fundamental knowledge of soils and growth media. Course topics include soil formation and development, soil components, soil profile, soil classification and soil conservation. Students will experience soils concepts through the completion of hands-on activities.
Agricultural Marketing
Explores and gives the student an understanding of the basic principles of marketing and the ability to apply these principles to the distribution of farm products.
Agribusiness Work Experience
Provides independent agribusiness work experience in cooperation with an employer and FVTC. Students are evaluated by the employer and supervised during the work experience by a FVTC instructor. Department consent required.
Crop Science
Provides fundamental knowledge of the major crops grown in Wisconsin. Topics include crop growth and development, physiology, and nutrition; seed germination and selection; environmental factors and agronomic problems that affect crop development.
Agronomy Equipment
Provides students with an overview of various types of agronomy-related equipment including chemical and fertilizer applicators, planters and grain drills. Equipment operation, maintenance, calibration and safety will be emphasized. Both large and small equipment will be operated during the class.
Nutrient Management Principles
Focuses on balancing commercial crop nutrient products and on farm nutrient credits to formulate economical and environmentally safe crop nutrient recommendations. Students will learn how to complete a nutrient management plan utilizing real farm data.

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