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. Purdue University’s Agronomy e-Learning Academy prepares agriculture professionals for the work of tomorrow in a flexible and convenient format.

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Online Agronomy Courses

Agronomy Essentials is our flagship course, providing broad-based agronomic knowledge. The course follows the growing season, beginning with a study of soil and land, then proceeding through seed selection, planting, growth, development, nutrients, diagnostics, pest management, harvest, and storage. This course does not require any background knowledge of agronomy.

Nutrient Management is our latest and most advanced course. It covers the chemistry and microbiology of soil and plant nutrients. The latter part of the course includes the selection and application of nutrients in the field. This course is best suited for people with an understanding of agronomy and basic chemistry.

Precision Agriculture delves into the technology and techniques of site-specific farming. Each weekly module concludes with a video discussion involving farmers and retailers who are successfully using the technology in their profession. This course is best suited for those with at least a basic understanding of agronomy.

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Upcoming Course Dates

Courses can be scheduled over multiple sessions according to your educational needs

  • June 7 - August 30, 2023
  • September 13 - December 6, 2023 
  • January 10 - April 3, 2024
  • June 5 - August 28, 2024
  • September 11 - December 14

Each course costs $2,000. If you are interested in group discounts, please contact

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Crop Professional Certificate

Complete all three of the online courses, Agronomy Essentials, Precision Agriculture, and Nutrient Management, you will receive a personalized, gold foil-embossed framed Crop Professional Certificate in addition to personalized certificates for each individual course.
“Thanks for the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the decisions required and the science behind them for agriculture today."
- Agronomy e-Learning Academy Graduate

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Courses cost $2,000 and start every January, June, and September.