New and emerging technologies have become vital production tools for farmers and agribusinesses. With this certificate, you can quickly enhance your agricultural knowledge to improve application and profitability.
Tillable acres devoted to agriculture education
At ICC, precision agriculture starts in the classroom, but continues with real-world experience in our 70 acres of tillable fields, campus wetlands, and soil and agronomy labs. You’ll learn modern concepts and technologies that include drones, precision GPS tools, and more.
ICC is a nationally recognized leader in research for sustainable agriculture.
Build your Ag network through the ICC Livestock Judging Team, Agri-Business Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau.
Farmer, Precision Ag Consultant, Precision Technology Sales and Support, Crop Consultant, Ecosystem Management/Natural Resource Conservation
if Full Time
3 Semesters, 65 Total Credit Hours
What if I attend part-time?
Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.
+ supplies & fees
Based on 2022-23
What financial assistance can I receive?
Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.
AVERAGE CLASS SIZE
average per class
Small class size means more individual attention and a higher rate of success
View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.
Meet Our Students and Alumni
‘Hands-on’ Ag Internship Turns into Start of Maddy’s Career
In August 2019, Maddy began her educational journey at ICC with a goal to earn a two-year degree in Agricultural Science & Technology. During her time at ICC, however, she earned much more. Maddy graduated from ICC in May with not only her two-year degree but also certificates in Precision Agriculture and Agricultural Production. Most importantly, she graduated with a…
Chase Transitions from Farm to Classroom at ICC
With deep roots in agriculture in central Illinois and a passion for the care of animals, Chase is following his dream to become a veterinarian. ICC helped Chase transition from the family farm to a college classroom. He graduated from ICC in the spring of 2021 and began attending Kansas State University this fall, majoring in Animal Sciences & Industry….
“Our students head outside, set up a drone with a map flight, fly the field, and 15 minutes later, have crop health images. It’s an impressive display of ag technology.”Blake Lehman, Professor of Agriculture
How Do I Get Into the Precision Agriculture Program?
- Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- Visit our Next Steps page to lear more.
What Can I Expect As a Precision Agriculture Student?
- Exposure to modern methods of crop management.
- Real world experience taught by instructors who are also Central Illinois farmers and agribusiness leaders.
- An education that prepares you for in-demand technology roles in farming or agribusiness.
- A credential that opens doors to further study or work in specialties like farming, ranching, crop and livestock production, precision planting technologies, sustainable agriculture, and agricultural sales.
How Am I Going to Manage This?
What if I am working while going to school?
We have you covered. Many of our students are working adults who balance life and school. We have great resources on campus to help keep you going!
What are my options for funding my education?
Do this first: fill out and file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you don’t want federal aid, this document is used by many scholarship and grant programs to evaluate aid packages.
Look for scholarships and grants first because usually they don’t have to be paid back. The ICC Foundation sponsors some scholarships, and grants may be available from Illinois or federal programs. Other organizations also offer scholarships, and we can help you research those opportunities.
Federally guaranteed student loans can be a smart way to fund college. Think about your transfer plans and what your career looks like. Some sources recommend that you cap your borrowing at the level of what you (realistically!) can expect to earn at your first job after college. So, research careers and pay, too.
Of course, savings, jobs, and work-study are key parts of your budget. Your employer may offer tuition reimbursement. Find the tools to make a complete plan for paying for school.
I don’t have the required GPA to enter the program. Can I still start?
We have many options for you to start school, even when your GPA does not meet the minimum requirements. Connect with our Admissions Office to hear about options to help your GPA and get you moving toward the life and work you want.