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Aims Community College adds two Precision Agriculture Courses

Submitted on: 04-04-2013

Agriculture courses at Aims Community College in Fort Lupton are growing.

Aileen Ehn, instructor in the agriculture department, said that as technology continues to advance, specifically through precision agriculture, two new courses have been added: Applied Technology in Agriculture, starting fall semester, 2013, and Precision Agriculture Operations, beginning spring semester, 2014.

Both courses are taught at the Fort Lupton campus by Precision Agriculture Instructor, Weston McCary and designed to inform and provide hands-on learning to students looking to keep up with emerging trends in precision agriculture.

The courses are required for the Production Agriculture AAS degree and the Production Agriculture Mechanics Certificate.   

AGR 175 Applied Technology in Agriculture introduce students to applied geospatial principles and advanced technologies in Agriculture, including; coordinate systems, mapping use, general navigation, computer technology, Precision Agriculture concepts, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Remote Sensing.  Attention is also given to the history, development and future of these technologies.        

AGR 176 Precision Agriculture Operations train students in precision navigation of agricultural equipment utilizing Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and other support networks. Focus is placed on working with precision agriculture control consoles, equipment, GIS data integration, field planning, zone management, and variable rate applications. Attention is also given to differential correction systems, error sources, environmental variables, and precision accuracy. 

Ehn said that Weld County’s agriculture community consists of a variety of agriculture companies and organizations from crops to cows and a growing industry that competes locally and globally. And, “Our new courses will add to the expertise needed to sustain the momentum,” Ehn said.

For information, contact Aileen Ehn at aileen.ehn@aims.edu or Weston McCary at weston.mccary@aims.edu, visit the Fort Lupton Campus, 260 College Ave., or call (303) 857-4022.
 



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