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Diploma in Agronomy

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Add value to your business. Produce food, feed, fibre and fuel profitably. Sow the seeds of success. Unleash your inner entrepreneur. Create a field of dreams.

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Diploma in Agronomy

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What is Agronomy?

Agronomy applies scientific and economic principles to the study of how the earth’s limited land and water resources can best be utilized. Areas of study include conservation and efficient use of renewable resources, maintenance of environmental quality, and sustainable production of food, feed, fibre, and fuel.

Graduates of the Diploma in Agronomy will possess practical skills in soil and crop diagnostics, equipment performance optimization, farm management, and a broad knowledge of the agriculture sector. 

Agronomy: Is it for you?

    The Diploma in Agronomy is an intensive, two-year program that offers a practical, well-rounded foundation in crop production and soil management.  The diploma is fully transferable to the Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree program with an agronomy major.  Students who are undecided about whether or not to pursue a four-year degree find this program allows them to keep their options open. 

AgBio offers a setting that combines the advantages of a full-scale university with the benefits of a small, specialized program.  The small class sizes and supportive atmosphere allows students to get to know their instructors and fellow students and to build a network of personal and business contacts.

As graduates of our programs you will not only leave with excellent industry-endorsed scientific training, but also with a foundation of marketable career skills.

AgBio has one of the campus’s most active and spirited student bodies.  Students can join the Agricultural Students’ Association or an interest group such as the Stockmen and Rodeo Club, Range Team, Dairy Team, Canadian Agri-Marketing Association Student Chapter, Horticulture, Resource Management, or AgBizz Clubs.

Graduates of the Diploma in Agronomy are eligible to receive the Ag. Tech. designation from the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.  A Diploma in Agronomy will also prepare students to pursue their Crop Production Certification (CPA).

Sample Classes

Introduction to Agricultural Policy
Examines why government policy is important to the agricultural industry and why governments at all levels become involved. Various areas of policy are examined with emphasis on policies which affect the holding and operation of farm land and those which affect the transportation and handling of grain crops and the profit centres within the agribusiness sector. A detailed examination is made of several federal and provincial government policies as they affect the farm sector in Saskatchewan. Farm organizations, the farm lobby and the role of the media are also discussed.

Field Crops of Western Canada
Provides an introduction to the major oilseed, pulse, cereal and forage crops of Western Canada. Emphasis will be on factors that affect quality of these major crops of Western Canada, their utilization and the agronomic practices used in their production. The ability to identify and understand the growth characteristics of major oilseeds, pulse, cereal and forage crops as well as the major pest problems of these crops will be covered in the laboratory. Discussions include the global role Canada plays in the production of the oilseed, pulse, cereal and forage crops and the development of improved varieties of these crops.

Field Diagnostic School
Introduces students to the art and science of field crop scouting. Through lecture and field training, students will become familiar with the techniques necessary to assess soil characteristics and variability, to identify and quantify crop pests (weeds, disease, insects) and herbicide injury/control symptoms, to identify plant nutrient deficiencies and symptoms of abiotic stresses and to suggest potential methods of remediation. Students will also discuss ethical behaviour and professionalism as it applies to field scouting and the practice of agrology.

Career Opportunities

A Diploma in Agronomy gives students the skills to

  • start up their own business
  • to lead the family business  
  • research technicians
  • soil conservationists
  • credit adviser
  • agribusiness operators or managers
  • sales representatives
  • machinery service representatives

Diploma graduates are eligible for professional designation as Agricultural Technologists (AT) with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

As agricultural enterprise grows more diverse, technologically advanced and consumer-driven, the industry needs a growing number and variety of qualified workers. The wide-ranging subject matter of agronomy will prepare students for a career in nearly any sector of the industry.

A Stepping Stone

A Diploma in Agronomy can lead in many directions.  In the short term, it will prepare students to pursue their Crop Production Certification (CPA).  In the long term, an agronomy diploma is an excellent alunching pad for additional university studies or for other professional development.  If students wish to continue studies in agricultural science, their diploma will give them a head start on a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree.  An understanding of agronomy also forms a useful and unique background that will give students an edge in other careers such as commerce, environmental law, scientific journalism, marketing or international development.

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