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Area of Study

Precision Agriculture

The precision agriculture program at Northeastern focuses on variable rate technology and equipment including: planters, sprayers, and center pivots, as well as equipment guidance and steering, yield monitors, UAV’s, and more.

Precision agriculture integrates information and production systems in order to increase and improve efficiencies as well as profitability on farms. In this program, students will learn how to incorporate technology in production agriculture by means of equipment and software.

This hands on pathway exposes students to: GPS guidance and auto-steer technology, unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), variable rate planting, rate controlled sprayers, yield monitors, and state of the art soil sampling systems.

Upon graduating with a Production Agriculture degree in Precision Agriculture, students will be prepared for a career in a wide array of positions including: crop consulting, precision farm management, equipment technicians, sales support, and more.

Don’t settle for pure lecture based program, get hands on experience in precision agriculture at Northeastern Junior College.

Northeastern is making a large investment in our precision agriculture program because we see the value in teaching this technology to farmers, technicians, sales staff, agronomists, and anyone interested in production agriculture. Specifically, students will learn about agronomy, electrical and hydraulic systems which will all be incorporated into hands on learning with equipment such as: GPS receivers and monitors, RTK signal base stations, auto-steer systems, variable rate corn planters, rate controlled sprayers, yield monitors, unmanned aerial vehicles including quadcopters and fixed wing drones equipped with RBG, NIR, and thermal cameras, and soil moisture sensors.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics overall employment of agricultural and food science technicians is projected to grow 9 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 4,900 openings for agricultural and food science technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median annual wage for agricultural technicians was $40,430 in May 2021. The median annual wage for food science technicians was $46,590 in May 2021.

Agriculture Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Produce a written document that clearly explains an agricultural concept.
  2. Analyze information and use critical thinking to solve an agricultural problem.
  3. Explain how agriculture relates to global, social, and cultural concepts.
  4. Develop skills useful in the agriculture industry or transfer to an agricultural degree.
  5. Apply scientific information and the scientific method to explain agricultural concepts.