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Production Agriculture students at Aims

Production Agriculture

If you’re excited to start your career working in agriculture and food systems, earning a two-year production agriculture degree will prepare you to enter the workforce directly after completion. This program will give you a strong foundation in the soil science and crop production systems that underlie all agricultural production and ensure healthy plant growth for the global food system.

At the Aims Fort Lupton campus in Weld County, the heart of Colorado farm country, you’ll gain an understanding of both large- and small-scale production, soil and growing conditions, and learn the fundamentals of planning, planting and managing crops. 

Areas of study for the production agriculture degree include:

  • Crop production
  • Precision agriculture
  • Farm and ranch management
  • Farm equipment management
  • Agricultural finance and marketing
  • Global food supply, macroeconomics and human nutrition
  • Soil science

If you plan to continue your education and earn a bachelor’s degree, you can enroll in the Soil and Crop Sciences Associate of Science degree program and transfer your Aims credits to a Colorado four-year institution.

“With the world population above seven billion and headed toward nine billion it is so important for people to understand the concept of soil, soil health, and sustainability, to help us make sure we can feed that many people.”
--Kirk Goble, Aims agriculture instructor

Grow your career with a production agriculture degree

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Gain Hands-On Skills for a Future in Agriculture

There is always a need for skilled agriculture production professionals to meet the demands of the global food supply. During this two-year agriculture degree program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of crop management and gain practical, hands-on skills in a variety of subjects including: 

  • Crop and seed identification
  • Crop cultivation and adaptation
  • Soil science fundamentals
  • Weed identification
  • Weed control methods
  • Tillage systems
  • Irrigation systems
  • Precision agriculture systems
  • Agricultural finance, marketing and banking
  • Farm machinery mechanics

In addition to practical and mechanical skills, this degree in production agriculture will help you develop the interpersonal and soft skills that employers seek, including follow-through, effective communication and efficient planning. 

Aims isn’t only giving me an education. I also get a lot of opportunities to immerse myself in the agriculture community and see if this is actually what I want to do, which helped me discover that I really want to work with soil.

Ricardo Avalos Torres
Aims Agriculture Student
Ricardo Avalos Torres

Earn a Production Agriculture or Soil and Crop Sciences Certificate

Acquire skills that can benefit your agriculture career or earn credit toward an associate degree with production agriculture, precision agriculture, or soil and crop science certificates from Aims. Learn farm and ranch management, crop management, soil science, production agriculture and mechanics and precision agriculture methods and technology.

  • Production Agriculture and Crops Certificate
  • Production Agriculture Mechanics Certificate
  • Introduction to Precision Agriculture Certificate
  • Precision Agriculture Certificate

Careers in Production Agriculture

A wide variety of agriculture career opportunities are the foundation of how our society feeds communities safely and effectively. Earning a degree in production agriculture at Aims prepares you for a wide range of entry-level farming and agricultural positions that also offer future growth. 

Careers for graduates with a production agriculture associate degree include:

  • Crop Technician
  • Field Mechanics
  • Agronomist
  • Soil Surveyor
  • Seed, chemical or fertilizer consultant
  • Plant breeder
  • Farm Manager
  • Agricultural Products Inspector
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Crop Consultant
$52,766 Agronomist median salary w/associate Source:

Production Agriculture Faculty and Staff

Aims agriculture instructors have decades of experience in high plains agriculture and stay current with agricultural science developments as well as the curricula taught at four-year agricultural schools. The small class sizes at Aims mean you can receive plenty of individual attention and build relationships with your peers, instructors, and the greater agricultural community. 

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    Amy McFarland

    Department Chair, Agriculture
  • Headshot of David Swieter

    David Swieter

    Part-Time: Professional Equipment Mechanic, Automotive
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    Linda Richardson

    Staff Associate, Business & Technology
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    Cassandra Anderson

    Part-Time: Faculty, Agriculture
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    Jason French

    Part-Time: Faculty, Agriculture
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    Lynn Ingegneri

    Part-Time: Instructional Lab Coordinator I, Agriculture Sciences
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    Megan Blaser

    Department Coordinator, Agriculture & Technology