Precision Agriculture

Certificate

This one-year certificate program offers a broad-based foundation in the skills and technologies that drive farming today. From crop production to farm business basics, you'll be on your way to agribusiness success.

70
Tillable acres devoted to agriculture education

This program focuses on practical skills and knowledge. Our professors are Central Illinois farmers themselves. You’ll get hands on experience on 70 acres dedicated to learning high production farm methods.

Contact our Admissions Office to learn more about applying

Quality Education

ICC is a nationally recognized leader in research for sustainable agriculture.

Get Involved

Build your Ag network through the ICC Livestock Judging Team, Agri-Business Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

Career Opportunities

Grain Merchandiser, Grain Elevator Manager, Farmer, Livestock Buyer, Feed Mill Manager, Agricultural Financial Representative, Animal Nutritionist, Ranch Manager, Agronomist, Crop Systems Specialist

COMPLETION TIME

9 Months

if Full Time

3 Semesters
26 Total Credit Hours


What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.

ESTIMATED COST

$4,030

+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25


What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.

AVERAGE CLASS SIZE

15 Students

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
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Chase Transitions from Farm to Classroom at ICC
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“It’s important for students to have a one-year certificate program that increases their knowledge, skill set and employability. We expose students to technology and innovation that promote efficient agricultural production.”

Grant Grebner, Professor of Agricultural and Industrial Technology
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How Do I Get Into the Precision Agriculture Program?

Ready to get started in farming? This 12 month program will help you break ground on career success. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how you can get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
  4. Need help? Our admissions team is happy to assist.
  5. Experience in agriculture or participation in groups like FFA and 4-H enhance your chance of acceptance.

What Can I Expect As a Precision Agriculture Student?

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! 

    Learn more about academic support 

  • 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. 

    Connect with our Admissions Office 

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