The curriculum offers an opportunity to learn valuable skills that will increase the end potential on the farm. The student will obtain knowledge in agronomy, animal science, and the operation/maintenance of field equipment. This pathway also offers training in basic computer applications for management of farm resources and day to day business.

  • Overview
  • Is This Program for You?

    The program includes learning outcomes tied to: planting, harvesting, soil management, pest management, safety, plant structure, crop science, horticulture, plant genetics, operating heavy equipment, precision agriculture practices, and marketing.

    Students entering the Farm Operations & Management - Crop Operations program should:

    • Enjoy working outside in all types of weather.
    • Manage their time effectively.
    • Be willing to work hard and learn.
    • Have good reading skills.
    • Have good communication skills.

    Program Basics

    • Technical Diploma – requiring a minimum of one year to complete
    • Classes are offered daytime, face to face, and on campus
    • Fall or Spring Start
    • Credit for prior learning may be available
    • High school articulation courses accepted

    Related Degrees

  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Requirements
  • Admission and Program Requirements

    • Submit Application and $30 Application Fee
    • To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809

    Helpful Academic Background

    • High school agriculture
    • Communication skills
    • Science
    • Math courses

    Program Fees

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid pending approval from the Department of Education.
    • Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
    • Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.

    Additional requirements

    Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the College Bookstore.

  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Analyze opportunities in agriculture
    • Apply relevant technologies
    • Demonstrate professionalism skills within the agricultural career areas
    • Develop a management plan in agriculture
    • Operate and maintain farm crop resources
  • Career Pathway
  • Graduates of this program will be qualified to perform skills of scouting of field crops, maintenance of farm equipment, and proper operation of tillage, planting, harvesting equipment. The demand in this field is expected to remain high for several years in such jobs as:

    • Sales Representative: Solicits and communicates with potential customers and follows up to assure customer satisfaction.
    • Service Representative: Samples and analyzes soils and feeds and recommends corrective measures.
    • Manager Trainee: Works in areas of sales, promotion, personnel, and administration.
    • Crop Specialist: Works with farmers in evaluating crops, recommending alternative practices and chemicals.
  • Career Opportunities
  • Graduates of this program will be qualified to perform skills of scouting of field crops, maintenance of farm equipment, and proper operation of tillage, planting, harvesting equipment. The demand in this field is expected to remain high for several years in such jobs as:

    • Sales Representative: Solicits and communicates with potential customers and follows up to assure customer satisfaction.
    • Service Representative: Samples and analyzes soils and feeds and recommends corrective measures.
    • Manager Trainee: Works in areas of sales, promotion, personnel, and administration.
    • Crop Specialist: Works with farmers in evaluating crops, recommending alternative practices and chemicals.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

  • Transfers
  • Prior Learning
  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!

    Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.

    For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.

    Farm Operations & Management - Crop Operations Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:

    Course # Course Title Challenge Exam
    (Demonstration)
    Challenge Exam
    (Standard)
    CLEP Credential Portfolio
    10-006-116Introduction to SoilsYes
    10-006-121Agribusiness Computer ApplicationsYes
    10-006-124Pesticide Applicator TrainingYes
    Pesticide Applicator
    10-006-126Pest ID & Mgt/Crop ScoutingYes
    CCA Certification
    10-006-160Plant ScienceYes
    10-006-180Animal ScienceYes
    31-804-305Applied MathematicsYes
    College Mathematics CLEP Test would also be accepted.
    32-070-322Operations of Field EquipmentYes