Olds College is launching a diploma program to help future producers adopt new technology.
The precision agriculture-techgronomy diploma focuses on technology and agronomy, which is a branch of agricultural science that deals with the study of crops and the soils in which they grow.
“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,” said college president Stuart Cullum.
“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.”
Colin Cameron, a local producer and precision agronomist and technology adviser with Point Forward Solutions, said “this type of program is sorely needed in the precision ag industry.”
“Educating students on the growing number of sensors, data platforms and application systems, combined with hands-on learning field work and troubleshooting, will give graduates a leg up when seeking employment in the industry,” said Cameron.
Applications for the new diploma open Oct. 1, with the first intake of students on campus for a September 2020 start date.
For more information, visit www.oldscollege.ca.