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The Rhodes State College Agronomy Certificate provides students with the skills in agronomy to support a career in this ever-changing field. Most local career opportunities in agriculture require agronomic knowledge and the ability to earn the Certified Crop Advisor certificate. The Agronomy certificate includes courses in soils, crop management, nutrient management and integrated pest management. The soils class discusses soil properties and formation from glaciation including drainage. Crop management evaluates cropping systems and environmental interactions affecting yield. Nutrient management assesses plant nutrient needs with the 4R program, Tri-State guidelines and best management practices and nutrient retention. Integrated pest management provides an understanding of economic and environmental aspects of controlling field pests.

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Career Opportunities

  • Agronomy retail sales
  • Prescription farming technicians
  • Farmers

Program Highlights

  • 21st Century technology
  • High demand career field
  • Fits with northwest Ohio agriculture
  • Hones passion for Agriculture
  • Stepping stone to other Agriculture opportunities
  • Problem solving exercises and contemporary computer software are integrated into the courses based on input from local agricultural business.
  • The program was created based on input from local farmers and agriculture employers. Their feedback increased the value of the program, which in turn produces more successful and knowledgeable graduates.
  • Using the precision agriculture equipment, students in this program will gain experience diagnosing and troubleshooting field variation, which will help them in their future career.

Scholarship Opportunity

Available Fall 2024!

Secondary to grant funding through the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, students enrolled in the below courses will be awarded scholarships to pay for all tuition and fees associated with the course.  Upon successful completion of the coursework, the grant will also pay for all costs associated with credentialing exams for Agriculture Commodity Tester, Commercial Pesticide Applicator, BASF Plant Science, and Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification.

AGR 1000         Introduction to Agriculture $570 tuition + $31.50 course fees
AGR 1401         Introduction to Soils for Agronomic Production $570 tuition + $27 course fees
AGR 1402         Principles of Crop Management $570 tuition
AGR 1403         Principles of Nutrient Management $570 tuition
AGR 1404         Introduction to Integrated Pest Management $570 tuition
AVI 1000           Unmanned Aerial Systems $570 tuition
Total of $3,478.50

Choose Ohio First Scholarship

Students enrolled in one of our agriculture programs may also be eligible to receive additional financial assistance through the Choose Ohio First program. Click here to learn more about this program and how to qualify.  

Degree Pathway 

The Agronomy Certificate is part of the Agriculture Associates degree program.  The first-year students will learn fundamental Agronomy and Agriculture Business aspects to provide a foundation for their second-year of the curriculum. Students will choose a pathway in either Prescription Mapping or Robotics with Artificial Intelligence in the second year.  

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Heather Seddelmeyer

Student Success Navigator
(419) 204-9857