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Precision Agriculture Technician

31-006-7 Technical Diploma (TD) 32 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

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

Learn how Global Positioning Systems (GPS) work and how they are used in farming with this diploma program. You will gain knowledge and skills in basic crop production, electronically controlled systems and customer service. In addition, you’ll learn how to install, maintain and operate precision agriculture tools. Courses also cover skills for work in the parts and service department of an agriculture equipment dealership. You will be prepared for work in the high-tech, fast-paced precision agriculture field.


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

Occupational Specific (32 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Prior Learning Credit
Eligibility Options
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.
Commercial Vegetable Production
Explore planting technology, variety selection, soil fertility, cultural practices, harvest of commercial vegetables, and pest management including disease, insects, and weeds. Common Wisconsin vegetables discussed will include potato, snap beans, canning peas, sweet corn, and smaller volume vegetable crops.
Precision Ag Overview
Provides an overview of precision farming concepts and the tools of precision farming (GPS, GIS and VRT). Covers the introductory use of each of these tools in the processes of a precision farming system. Hands-on activities with real farm data will provide an initial experience in the use of these tools. Economic and environmental benefits will also be discussed.
Precision Equipment Systems
Introduces the student to the different precision farming GPS systems used on agriculture equipment. Students will learn proper set-up and installation of the systems. Students will work in the field with adjustments and settings as well as the GPS display and the different functions.
Agribusiness Sales
Covers the basic principles of agribusiness sales. Topics include recognizing potential customers, building a positive customer relationship, designing sales plans, and using market and sales databases. The concepts will be presented using hands-on activities. Students will complete a sales project and presentation.
Crop Scouting Training
Includes hands-on identification and management of insects, diseases and seedling weeds found in Wisconsin crops. Crop development and herbicide damage issues will also be covered.
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.
Advanced Precision Agriculture
Explores future trends in the precision agriculture field. This course will expose students to new and emerging trends as they become available to the agriculture and precision farming industry. Students will learn how the technology works through hands-on activities and will also learn how to adapt the technology to current practices.
Prereq: Precision Ag Overview (10006154)
GIS Applications
Prepares students in the use of various Geographic Information Systems utilized in precision farming. Students will learn how to install and set up GIS software, transfer data, process field data, and create reports and/or prescription maps. Students will utilize hands-on computer exercises with real farm data to provide a practical experience.
Dealership Parts/Service
Introduces the student to the role and function of the parts and service department of a dealership. Included are service reports, repair orders, warranty process, computerized parts invoicing, parts inventory, merchandising and customer relations. Students will work with a parts and service software program.
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.

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