Olds College unveils new precision agriculture diploma

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A brand new program with a focus on precision agriculture will be available this fall at Olds College. Being dubbed Techgronomy, graduates will be prepared for careers that require a “deep understanding of the connectedness between agronomy, agriculture machinery/purpose built network management, and data sciences,” the school says.

“This diploma program will help students discover ways to integrate technology into current and future farming systems to support not only family farms but ag service providers as well,” says James Benkie, dean of program development, agriculture technology.

“Students will engage in hands-on training on our Olds College Smart Farm, focusing on integrating precision technology, purpose built networks, and agronomy while enhancing decision support systems through actionable and effective on-farm decision making. Graduates will be prepared to work in fast-paced environments where emerging technologies are constantly disrupting the industry.”

The college, located at Olds, Alta.,, is also introducing a new post-diploma certificate in agriculture technology.

The two new programs were created as a result of two year’s of research where the college identified a significant skills gap within the agriculture industry when it comes to supporting producers adopting new technology.

“We know that through the use and integration of technology the ag sector is better able to use data to make informed decisions on the farm for enhanced production and profitability,” says Stuart Cullum, president of Olds College. “Our new program will provide students with an understanding of the value proposition of new technologies and solutions as farming practices continue to change and evolve in today’s high-tech environment.”

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