Smart Agriculture Certificate - Agronomy Steam

This certificate delves into the exciting world of technological applications for crop production. The Olds College Smart Ag certificate provides current students and graduates with the base knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the evolving ag industry. The certificate will increase competencies in global navigation satellite systems, geographic information systems, precision ag software programs, precision ag equipment, and unmanned systems. Course specifics include:

Delivery: Online

Course Dates: Course dependent

Costs: $799 per course + textbook

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Smart Agriculture Certificate - Agronomy Stream

This certificate delves into the exciting world of technological applications for crop production. The Olds College Smart Ag certificate provides current students and graduates with the base knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the evolving ag industry. The certificate will increase competencies in global navigation satellite systems, geographic information systems, precision ag software programs, precision ag equipment, and unmanned systems. Course specifics include:

  • Crop Production Technologies
  • Data Informed Decisions
  • Electronic and Control Systems for Precision Agriculture
  • Applied Production Economics
  • Prescription Mapping

Delivery: Online

Course Dates: Course dependent

Costs: $799 per course + textbook

What will you learn?

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of precision farming from an economic and environmental stance using a knowledge of agronomic principles and tools of precision agriculture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, manage, evaluate and apply data to make optimum management decisions.
  • Discuss the various digital technologies that exist in agriculture.
  • Perform calculations necessary in precision agriculture to make informed production decisions.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the nature and performance of agricultural information systems to make recommendations to stakeholders.

Course Details


AGN 7006 | Crop Production Technologies (online)

January 4 - March 11, 2022

This course will provide learners with a solid overview of the tools and applications involved in successful precision agriculture. Students will learn to analyze equipment, its various uses and the applications for precision agriculture.  Evaluation of these tools will provide opportunity for discussing economic and environmental benefits and potential drawbacks.  This course will also review the important aspects of agronomy to make informed decisions and maximize the benefits of precision agriculture.

Prerequisites: None


ATG 7001 | Data Informed Decisions (online)

January 4 - March 11, 2022

Understanding the data and knowing how to apply the knowledge has the potential to increase food production, in a safe efficient and sustainable way.  During this course student will learn how to perform data management analysis, track the importance of maintenance of the equipment, use GIS to create a spatial data structure and study other remote sensing tools and software so they can integrate the information and make solid informed decisions.  

Prerequisites: Recommend AGN 7006


ATG 7002 | Electronic and Control Systems (online)

September 20 - December 10, 2021
March 14 - May 20, 2022

Students will investigate foundations of control systems, electronics and practical applications in precision farming. Through experiential learning, students will identify and troubleshoot components within hardware devices used in precision farming.

Required Text & Materials: You will be required to purchase tools and supplies in order to complete course assignments and activities. Approximate cost: $100.

Prerequisites: Recommend AGN 7006


ATG 7003 | Applied Production Economics (online)

Course Date TBD

Mathematics are an essential skill to understand precision agriculture.  Both learning the economic side of the business and being able to interpret mathematical data is important when making smart agriculture decisions. Students will engage in use of mathematical calculations to solve problems and evaluate profitability in precision agriculture.

Prerequisites: Recommend AGN 7006


ATG 7004 | Prescription Mapping (online)

January 4, 2022 - March 11, 2022

Students will learn how to gain access to information stored in the farm equipment. Based on data from field history gathered over the past 2-3 years, students will create the profit-and-loss maps to guide decisions. Problems do occur when transferring data from one precision agriculture software to another. There is no universal solution to this issue, but students will learn how to properly build an algorithm of actions when such problems do arise, solving real world problems while discovering the soil and crop mapping techniques. 

Prerequisites: Recommend AGN 7006