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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Agribusiness- Agronomy

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The Agronomy certificate prepares the student for an entry-level position in the agronomic field. Upon completion, the successful candidate will be able to formulate fertilizers and identify weeds, insects and soil nutrient deficiencies. Marketing skills will be enhanced through the application of enterprise analysis and current commodity management tools.

The coursework within this certificate will serve as a strong preparatory base for the “Certified Crop Advisor” (CCA) program.

For more information about the Agribusiness-Agronomy certificate, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/ag.

Locations: Ankeny

Students start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Agribusiness-Agronomy certificate, complete all course work as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 21

These credits are applicable to the AAS degree in Agribusiness .

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 305 205 80
Educational Seminars, Field Trips 55 55 55

Approximate total for the program: $3,942*

*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Transfer knowledge on products and their uses to customers.
  • Advise crop producers on the special problems they have and the most economical ways of solving them.
  • Perform calculations for cost estimates, tests and formulas.
  • Operate and maintain a variety of equipment.
  • Perform “housekeeping” chores to keep the work environment neat and orderly.
  • Attend conferences and meetings and read various trade publications to keep current on developments in the industry.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Operate agricultural equipment.
  • Ability to scout for weeds and insects and recommend appropriate treatment.
  • Exhibit good attitude toward the job.
  • Work well with customers and other employees.
  • Manage, lead and train others.
  • Follow verbal and written directions.
  • Plan and organize well.
  • Use math in figuring enterprise budgets, nutrition formulations and marketing activities.
  • Understand technical information about the industry and communicate to others.
  • Perform a variety of physically demanding activities such as heavy lifting (50 pounds or more).

What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?

  • The industry is so broad that students will have the opportunity to participate in the area of most interest.
  • The primary purpose of this certificate is for preparation to work in the agronomic industry.
  • The coursework covered within this certificate will provide excellent background preparation for the “Certified Crop Advisor” (CCA) certification program.
  • You will often have a lot of responsibility and work with little supervision.
  • The work can be dirty, unpleasant at times and sometimes dangerous.
  • The field changes rapidly and the job you will have 10 years from now may not exist today.
  • You work long hours when necessary including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Average starting salary for those not directly involved in their own entrepreneurial enterprise is approximately $25,000.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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