The curriculum offers the opportunity to obtain a vast knowledge of production agriculture all along while obtaining skills that can be used on the farm. The student will obtain a wide variety of skills in crop production, agronomy, and operation/maintenance of farm equipment. This program also emphasizes in the management and marketing of farm commodities within the agribusiness sector.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    The program includes learning outcomes tied to: planting, harvesting, soil management, pest management, safety, plant structure, crop science, horticulture, plant genetics, operating heavy equipment, precision agriculture practices, and marketing. Additionally, students are exposed to a variety of farm business management principles and practices as they embark on a career pathway in production agriculture.

    Students entering the Farm Operations & Management - Crops program should:

    • Enjoy working outside in all types of weather.
    • Manage their time effectively.
    • Be willing to work hard and learn.
    • Have good reading skills.
    • Have good communication skills.

    Program Basics

    • Technical Diploma – requiring a minimum of two years to complete
    • Classes are offered daytime, face to face, and on campus
    • Fall or Spring Start
    • Credit for prior learning may be available
    • High school articulation courses accepted
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Helpful Academic Background

    • High school agriculture
    • Communication skills
    • Science
    • Math courses

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.

    Additional requirements

    Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the College Bookstore.

  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Analyze opportunities in agriculture
    • Apply relevant technologies
    • Demonstrate professionalism skills within the agricultural career areas
    • Develop a management plan in agriculture
    • Operate and maintain farm crop resources
    • Interpret agronomic principles and practices
  • Career Pathway
  • Graduates of the program will be qualified to manage production agriculture operations with a focus on crops production. The demand in this field is expected to remain high for several years in such jobs as:

    • Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
    • Agricultural Equipment Operators
    • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
    • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  • Career Opportunities
  • Graduates of the program will be qualified to manage production agriculture operations with a focus on crops production. The demand in this field is expected to remain high for several years in such jobs as:

    • Pesticide Handlers, Sprayers, and Applicators, Vegetation
    • Agricultural Equipment Operators
    • Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse
    • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers
  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    Farm Operations & Management - Crops Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
    (Demonstration)
    Challenge Exam
    (Standard)
    CLEP Credential Portfolio
    10-006-113Precision Ag TechnologiesYes
    10-006-116Introduction to SoilsYes
    10-006-121Agribusiness Computer ApplicationsYes
    10-006-124Pesticide Applicator TrainingYes
    Pesticide Applicator
    10-006-126Pest ID & Mgt/Crop ScoutingYes
    CCA Certification
    10-006-127Soil Fertility and Fertilizers Yes
    10-006-130Row Crop Production Management Yes
    10-006-131Forage Crop Production ManagementYes
    10-006-160Plant ScienceYes
    10-006-180Animal ScienceYes
    10-070-101Field Application EquipmentYes
    31-804-305Applied MathematicsYes
    College Mathematics CLEP Test would also be accepted.
    32-070-319Forage EquipmentYes
    If Challenge Exam is passed, a Skills Test will be administered.
    32-070-320Grain Harvesting EquipmentYes
    If Challenge Exam is passed, a Skills Test will be administered.
    32-070-322Operations of Field EquipmentYes