Ag. Business – Agronomy Custom Application

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Ag. Business – Agronomy Custom Application

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Certificate

Minimum Credits: 20

Location: Calmar

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer


Agronomy Custom Application is currently the highest demand occupation in agriculture business. The new technologies in custom application equipment require highly trained and professional individuals. In addition to understanding how to operate the equipment, students need to recognize and analyze crop production problems. Much of the program is designed around the competencies required of the International Certified Crop Advisor program. Most of the courses for this certificate are available online, so students can work on them from their own location at their own pace.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
Academic Requirements

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1
AGA:114 Principles of Agronomy¹ 3.0
AGP:333 Precision Farming Systems 3.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0


Term 2
AGA:157 Soil Fertility 1.0
AGA:161 Herbicides 1.0
AGA:212 Grain and Forage Crops 4.0
AGA:283 Pesticide Application Certification 2.0


Term 3
AGA:381 Crop Scouting 3.0


¹Articulation can be achieved by successfully passing an NICC Agriculture Department proficiency exam and taking Crop Science at your high school.

Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,988 - $50,401 and a projected growth of 9.0%, the career outlook for Agriculture Business - Agronomy Custom Application graduates is growing.

Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2016-2020.

Employers of NICC Alumni

El-Kay Farms, St. Charles, MN
Lewiston Feed & Produce, Lewiston, MN

Sample Job Titles

Applicator/Truck Driver

Additional Information

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club

Program Facilities

Dairy Science Center, Dairy Science Center Cropland


Lenny Graves
Dean of Career and Technical Education
800.728.2256, ext. 240

Tad Mueller
Agriculture Business Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 111