Crop Production and Management
Agronomy is the area of agriculture that focuses on the principles and practices of crop production and field management. Production management centers on the science of strategically managing land, water, plants, labor, and other inputs, such as seeds, nutrients, pesticides, and machinery to produce food and fiber in a sustainable and profitable manner. Practical hands-on learning opportunities are infused with theory throughout the program. Studies include the four major categories of crop management: soil and crop management, pest management, nutrient management, and water management. During the program, students will actively manage 100 acres and complete an internship work experience. Jobs in this area are generally physical and require the strength to lift and carry 50 pounds. Learners interested in this career should have a valid driver’s license to operate equipment, above average computer skills and possess good oral, reading, and writing skills. In addition, professionals in this area tend to spend a great deal of their time working outdoors. Potential occupations include cranberry marsh worker, farm laborer, irrigation worker, harvest worker, seasonal elevator worker, seasonal pesticide applicator specialist, sales representative, crop scout, crop research assistant, custom applicator, crop insurance professional, buyer-crop protectants, field supervisor, and field crew member.
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