Technical Diploma | Financial Aid-Eligible
28 Credits | 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
No matter the size of the farm, there is always something new in agriculture. Students in this program will learn about new technology in the classroom and how that can be applied to their operation in the on-farm component. This program has something for everyone who is interested in production agriculture.
Through classroom and in-the-field instruction, you'll gain skills in livestock management and nutrition, crop and soil management, commodities and marketing, emerging trends in agriculture and farm records and analysis. This program is designed to provide you with the critical thinking skills necessary for profitable decision making.
Farm Operation graduates will be able to:
- Utilize agronomic resources for optimal farm production
- Evaluate livestock management plans
- Plan for operation and maintenance of farm facilities and equipment
- Create farm business plans
- Apply marketing principles to agricultural enterprises
The instructors in this program sift through the present research and bring information that can be directly applied to your farm. The classroom setting has an environment of camaraderie that encourages students to share their experiences with different management practices, seed varieties and feeding trials.
Share ideas and network with fellow farmers.
Practical, on-farm application.
Farm Operation courses are offered in person in Rice Lake and Your Choice at Ashland, Balsam Lake and New Richmond.
- 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).
Short-term pathway certificates are available if you wish to ladder your progress through the program within your own timeline rather than through a nine-month school calendar. Pathway certificates in Crop Production, Livestock Production and Agricultural Business Fundamentals.
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.
Fit My Life Program
Fit My Life programs accommodate your life by providing an option of a part-time, evening and/or weekend core course schedule throughout your entire education, making it easier to work around childcare, work and other responsibilities.
The Farm Operation program specifically covers: Soil, Crop, and Livestock management with Livestock Nutrition, Commodities, Emerging Trends in Agriculture, On the Farm 1 and 2, and Farm Records and Analysis.
You can take this first and get a credential.
This is the program you're looking at.
Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.
Admissions and Tuition
WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. 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*
28 Credits | 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 Farm Operation Program
Upon completion of the program, you will obtain certificates in Crop Production, Livestock Production and Agricultural Business Fundamentals and a technical diploma in Farm Operation.
After you complete your Farm Operation technical diploma at WITC, you can transfer to another college to continue your education and earn your bachelor's degree.