Agribusiness Technology: Agronomy Operations Certificate

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Council Bluffs Campus
Shelby County Center

Program Information

The Agribusiness Technology: Agronomy Operations Certificate program of study provides students with the opportunity to develop skills, abilities, and an understanding of the agronomic aspects of production agriculture. Careers in production agriculture and agronomy operations can be pursued. Students are provided with classroom instruction, lab, and field experience.

Students who complete this certificate will earn credit toward completion of the Agribusiness Management AAS degree.

Job Outlook

2,865 Jobs (2020)

-1.6% change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is intended for students who wish to enter the workforce upon completion of the certificate. Graduates are able to pursue career opportunities in agriculture production, and agronomy-related sales, service, and supply industries.


Entry Level: $15/hr

Average: $18/hr

Experienced: $25/hr

(wages can vary considerably depending on chosen career)

Career Examples

Farm Production/Operations

Agronomy Sales

Agronomy Operations

Agribusiness Supply

First Semester

AGA 181 - Introduction to Crop Science 3.0 Credit(s)
AGP 333 - Precision Farming Systems 3.0 Credit(s)
AGA 284 - Pesticide Application Certification 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 9.0 Credits

Second Semester

AGA 376 - Integrated Pest Management 3.0 Credit(s)
AGA 280 - Crop Development, Production, and Management 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 6.0 Credits


AGB 804 - Agricultural Internship I 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 3.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 18.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Operate current technology used in production agriculture and the agriculture service industries.
  • Identify the plant morphology of common Midwestern crop and weed species.
  • Evaluate various crop production practices and techniques used to produce Midwestern crops.
  • Categorize soil, plant, and climatic factors that influence plant growth and development.
  • Identify, handle, mix and apply various agricultural chemicals.
  • Calculate appropriate application rates for essential plant nutrients and crop protection products.

Program Disclaimers

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