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
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.
- 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
- Soil Surveyor
- Seed, chemical or fertilizer consultant
- Plant breeder
- Farm Manager
- Agricultural Products Inspector
- Crop Consultant
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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Degree at a Glance
Degree TypeAssociate of Applied Science
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