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Agronomy e-Learning Academy Courses​

The business of growing crops has become increasingly complicated in recent years, as agriculture has been challenged with growing demands to increase production while minimizing the environmental impact. New technologies and a knowledge-based future will demand a more thorough understanding​ of the entire crop production system.

​​a man stands in a field of corn

Advances in technology have also expanded Purdue University’s educational outreach. Courses offered through Purdue’s Agronomy e-Learning Academy are designed to meet the educational needs of professionals in all areas of agriculture. Three courses are available, and additional courses are being planned for the future. Because the pre-recorded content is housed on Purdue’s Blackboard site and is accessible 24/7, busy professionals can plan their study time according to their schedules. All of our courses were designed specifically to meet the needs of off-campus learners.

Course graduates receive a personalized certificate. Those who complete all three courses will receive a framed Crop Professional Certificate in addition to the course certificates. Certified Crop Advisors also receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Past students have given us high marks. Of all 424 respondents on our anonymous end-of-course surveys for Agronomy Essentials and Precision Agriculture:

97% said they Would Recommend or Highly Recommend the Course.
99% Agreed or Strongly Agreed that they Improved Their Understanding of the Subject.
99% Agreed or Strongly Agreed that the Course Content Was Appropriate to the Aims and Objectives.​​



​2017 Course Schedule

Agronomy Essentials, Precision Agriculture, Nutrient Management:

  • January 18 through April 12, 2017
  • June 14 through September 6, 2017
  • September 20 through December 13, 2017


​​Purdue Agriculture Agronomy Essentials

​Agronomy Essentials

Recipient of the 2015 Award for E​xcellence in Distance Learning For Professional Development


Agronomy Essentials
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Overview and Syllabus​

Agronomy Essentials, the inaugural course within Agronomy e-Learning Academy, as 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 teaching 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.
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"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 janblack@purdue.edu. Tuition is listed on the registration site.



​​Purdue Agriculture Precision Agriculture


​Precision Agriculture

Understanding the Science of Site-Specific Agriculture


Precision Agriculture
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Overview and Syllabus​​​

Applying technology to crop production through mechanization, fertilizers, crop protect- chemistry, genetics, and other innovations over the years has resulted in multiple-fold gains in productivity and efficiency. The application of information technology to crop production, known as precision agriculture, has already transformed many aspects of crop production and promises even more. Today's precision farming era took root in the 1990's, but its origins go back further from advancements in computer processing, data storage and transmission capabilities, global positioning systems, robotics, and much more.

Precision Agriculture is a fully online 12-week course that provides knowledge from which practitioners working in agriculture can better understand the science of site- specific farming to help themselves, their customers, and the companies. Designed for working professionals who must mix continuing education with work, family, and other responsibilities, participants in the course can access content 24/7 at their convenience on their computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet connection.


The foundation of the twelve weekly modules is over 90 HD video lessons featuring leaders in precision agriculture, along with supplemental reading, graphics, glossaries, links to additional information, downloadable slides, and tests. Learners will want to plan on one to two hours of study each week. They may work ahead if desired. Through the combination of teaching techniques, this course connects with a variety of learning styles.

Course graduates receive a personalized certificate from Purdue Digital Education. Certified Crop Advisers also receive 18 continuing education units (CEUs).


​​sample video lesson screenshotSample video lesson screenshot. One of nearly 90 video lessons.

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

“It was excellent!”

“I think it was well put together and managed.”

“It was a great course. I will use this knowledge in my career. Thank you!!”


“I enjoyed it very much, and it would be keen to take the next advanced version.”


For answers to your questions about Precision Agriculture content, please contact berickso@purdue.edu. For all other questions, including early registration discounts, contact janblack@purdue.edu. Tuition is listed on the registration site.



Nutrient Management

Understanding Nutrient Sources and Their Application


Nutrient Management
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Overview and Syllabus​​

Agricultural nutrient applications are associated with some of today's most concerning environmental issues, including impacts on water quality and contributions to greenhouse gases. In addition, crop nutrient expenses are second only to land costs as an overall expense for farmers. Managing nutrients is one of the more complicated aspects of producing crops, as considerations vary by nutrient source, placement, timing, the rate of application, and are dramatically affected by the weather. Professionals in many areas of agriculture depend upon understanding soil chemistry and how nutrient management can increase the health and bounty of crop production. Knowledge of nutrients and their management can allow individuals involved in better setting strategies and improving recommendations.

Whether you are personally involved in production agriculture, advising farmers as an agricultural retailer or consultant, a representative or applicator for an agricultural business or government agency, or just looking to build your expertise, this course will cover topics that should be of interest to you.

Nutrient Management is a 12-week fully online course that provides advanced knowledge from which practitioners can help their customers benefit and their companies succeed. The course was designed for working professionals who have a basic understanding of agronomy and want to expand their knowledge of nutrients and their management.

Learners can access the content according to their schedules 24/7 on their computer, tablet or mobile device with Internet connection. Learners will follow a one module per week schedule. In the initial offering of the course, there will be no option to work ahead. Subsequent sessions will offer this option.

The foundation of the lesson modules is dozens of HD video lessons featuring experts in nutrient management. These are supplemented with reading, graphics, glossaries, downloadable slides, links to additional information, and tests after each module.

Course graduates receive personalized certificates from Purdue Digital Education. Certified Crop Advisers also receive continuing education units (CEUs).

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

 

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Contact Us​

​​Bruce Erickson
Dr. Bruce Erickson
Agronomy Education Distance
Outreach Director

Phone: 765.494.7540
Fax: 765.496.2926
Office: Lilly 2414C
E-mail: berickso@purdue.edu


​​Janine Black
Janine Black
Agronomy e-Learning Project Manager

Phone: 765.496.0346
*Cell: 765.491.6618
Fax: 765.496.​2926
E-mail: janblack@purdue.edu



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