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Ag. Business – Crop Advisor

Campus Location:

Calmar, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Certificate


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.

Ag. Business – Crop Advisor

Admissions Requirements:

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

Ag. Business – Crop Advisor

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 20

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.

Ag. Business – Crop Advisor

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$25,652 - $42,004

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Ag. Business – Crop Advisor

Additional Information:

Related Student Organizations

Post Secondary Agriculture Students, Dairy Science Club, Rodeo Club

Program Facilities

Dairy Science Center, Dairy Science Center Cropland

Additional Resources

NICC AgriSciences Blog


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

Tad Mueller
Agriculture Business Instructor
866.474.4692, ext. 111