Purdue Agriculture Agronomy Essentials

Agronomy Essentials

Recipient of the 2015 Award f​or Excellence in Distance Learning For Professional Development​​ ​​​

​​​​Agronomy Essentials, the inaugural noncredit course within Agronomy e-Learning Academy was designed by Purdue’s Bruce Erickson, PhD, CPAg to meet the needs of professionals in all areas of agriculture. The course provides a comprehensive baseline understanding of agronomy for growers and employees of agricultural service and supply companies. Agronomy Essentials promotes important knowledge that will expand the learner’s understanding and communication skills. Recognized for quality teach​ing and professional presentation, Agronomy Essentials was the 2015 recipient of Purdue University’s Award for Excellence in Distance Learning for Professional Development.

A small sampling of statements by graduates on the anonymous end-of-course survey: 

"Great experience overall. Covering these basics has been extremely helpful to my understanding of the field and makes me feel better informed when talking with customers and equipment dealers." 
"Excellent course!! Thanks for a great learning experience!"
"I found the entire course covers crucial knowledge that is necessary to have to be successful in any agricultural work field."

Agronomy Essentials is designed for learners to complete one unit every two weeks, but they can work ahead as they choose. Each unit requires approximately four to five hours of study. Once a learner completes a module and its test, the next module opens. Once opened, the 26 modules within the six units remain open for review. The course contains over 100 HD video lessons along with supplemental reading, graphics, glossaries, links to additional information, downloadable slides, and tests after each module.

Course graduates receive a personalized certificate from Purdue Digital Education that is suitable for framing. Certified Crop Advisers also receive 25 continuing education units.​

sample video lesson screenshotSample video lesson screenshot. One of nearly 100 video lessons.

For answers to your questions about Agronomy Essentials content, please contact berickso@purdue.edu. For all other questions, including early registration discounts, contact benne122@purdue.edu. Tuition is listed on the registration site.​​​​​​


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