Ag. Business – Crop Advisor

A  female student uses a GPS device while standing in a field as students stand behind her in the background.

Ag. Business – Crop Advisor

Subject Area: Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Award: Certificate

Minimum Credits: 20

Location: Calmar, Online

Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer


With the new technologies in crop production, there is a high demand for trained individuals in this area. The proper recognition and analysis of crop production problems are emphasized. Much of the program is designed around the competencies required of the International Certified Crop Advisor program. Upon graduation, students have the background and training necessary to advance rapidly in careers in crop consulting and precision agriculture. Most of the courses for this certificate are available entirely 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
AGA:375 Integrated Crop Management 2.0
AGM:361 Commercial Grain Handling 1.0
GIS:111 Intro to Geographical Info Systems 3.0
GIS:206 GIS Data Acquisition and Management 3.0


Term 2
AGA:154 Fundamentals of Soil Science 3.0
AGA:157 Soil Fertility 1.0
AGA:853 Certified Crop Advisor Review 1.0


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 - Crop Advisor 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.

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