9 Credits | Less than 1 Year
Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*
Outreach Center: Balsam Lake*
*Combination of Your Choice and In person instruction
Career Cluster: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
To be a successful farmer, you must consistently produce enough quality crops to meet the demands of your consumers. The Crop Production pathway certificate will equip you with the skills to do just that. This certificate will provide you with an understanding of soil health and fertility, inspecting and assessing your crops for diseases and pests and successful marketing your crops. Not only will you learn about crop scouting and nutrient management in a classroom setting, but you will also apply that knowledge in the lab by physically crop-scouting fields and putting together nutrient management plans.
The Crop Production pathway certificate will teach you the fundamentals of soil science and basic agronomy skills. Couple those skills with farm records and financials, and you will be prepared to rejoin your family's crop operation or manage your own farm after successful completion of this certificate.
The Crop Production Certificate will prepare students to:
- Utilize agronomic resources for optimal farm production
- Create farm business plans
This certificate is ideal for both lifelong learners and beginners to the farming industry.
A sharing environment.
Practical, on-farm application.
Crop Production courses are offered in-person at Rice Lake campus and available through Web Conferencing and online at Ashland, Balsam Lake and New Richmond campuses.
- Evening course will be available for individuals needing to complete continuing education requirements for FSA loans.
- Labs will be on Fridays at either the WITC - Rice Lake campus or On-Farm (at regional farms and test plots).
This pathway certificate ladders into the Farm Operation technical diploma.
Practical & Applicable Lessons
The lessons of this program are designed to be applied directly to the production agricultural operation. The intent of each lesson is to either improve quality of life, strengthen farm profitability or streamline management.
The instructor has a background in production agriculture and has tacit knowledge to sort through university and industry recommendations with competency and awareness of day-to-day farm activities.
You could take this first and get a credential.
Advance your skills to obtain a one-year technical diploma.
Continue your education to obtain a bachelor degree.
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple admission process for this program that can be completed in one step: simply fill out an application form. That's it!
Tuition and Fees
WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*
9 Credits | Less than 1 Year
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the WITC Crop Production Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a Crop Production pathway certificate.