Overview

Combining the business and technology of agriculture, this post-credential diploma prepares you for a career in one of Canada’s largest and most advanced industries.

Build on your existing business education and make yourself more desirable to employers. This program is specially designed for those with business-related degrees or diplomas, or those with previous education in agriculture outside of Canada, who are looking to develop specialized skills to prepare them for a career in this fast-changing industry.

Dive deep into fundamental agriculture topics, including crop production and protection, livestock production and environmental considerations directly related to agriculture. Develop additional knowledge in communications, customer service, sales and marketing, and management.

Towards the end of your program, complete a 16-week, paid work placement that provides you with valuable Canadian work experience in the agricultural sector and supplements your classroom learning.

Experience the best of both worlds: indoor classrooms, plant and soil labs, and outdoor field labs. Off-campus industry tours throughout the year allow you to see careers in action, network with others in your field, and help you to see the complex and fast-paced world of agriculture.

Whether you see yourself in finance, sales and marketing, consulting, research or management, you’ll have the tools to get started. Potential employers include banks and credit unions, grain companies, equipment dealers and government agencies. Some graduates may even choose to become entrepreneurs or self-employed consultants.

Admissions

This is an advanced diploma and requires a prior diploma or degree as a pre-requisite.

  • Two-year diploma or university degree

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

 Helpful Information for International Applicants

Program Considerations

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is strongly recommended given the potential need to travel for co-op work placement.

Careers & Connections

Career Opportunities

Potential employers include grain companies, seed and crop inputs suppliers, banks and credit unions, livestock supply outlets, agricultural equipment dealers, government agencies, agronomists/consultants and co-operatives. Career opportunities include agriculture, agronomy, sales and service, finance, livestock, marketing, management, research, administration and precision agriculture.

Connections

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists as technical agrologists.

Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit Assiniboine’s Articulation Agreements page.

Tools & Supplies

Textbooks, supplies and uniforms for all of our programs and courses may be purchased at the ACC Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Assiniboine Bookstore website to learn more.

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Technology Requirements

Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop and smartphone for use on-campus. The laptop and smartphone must meet the technical needs outlined by the program. MAC computing devices are not compatible with program software. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information. 

Courses & Costs

To graduate with an advanced diploma in Agriculture, students must successfully complete 75 academic credits.

The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

Estimated Program Costs (Domestic, 2022-23)

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $5,688 for domestic student. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $455

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2022-23)

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $17,450 for international students. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $455. Health insurance is approximately $1,000.

All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf. This cost is in addition to the estimated total in the chart above.

 

Estimated Program Costs (Domestic, 2023-24)

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $5,750 for domestic student. Estimated textbooks, license fees, tools and supplies are $455

Estimated Program Costs (International, 2023-24)

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $17,450 for international students. Estimated costs for books and supplies are $455. Health insurance is approximately $1,000.

All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf. This cost is in addition to the estimated total in the chart above.

 

All tuition and fees are required to be paid in full before your program begins. Tuition and fees to this program are non-refundable and non-transferable. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

Students may be required to purchase additional supplies for this program.

This program has certain ‘bring your own device’ requirements that means you may need to purchase certain technology if you do not already own. Please visit assiniboine.net/byod for more information.

 

Courses
Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
1st Aid - Emergency (HLTH-0030)

Basic First Aid & CPR techniques taught in an interactive environment for individuals and employees who want an overview of First Aid & CPR in the workplace or home. The course covers skills needed to recognize, prevent and respond to cardiovascular emergences for Adults, CPR and other topics such as choking, airway and breathing emergencies, and prevention of disease transmission. This course meets the minimum regulations for Workplace Health & Safety for Basic First Aid. Participants who meet the required standard receive a nationally recognized certification that is valid for three years. Textbook included in cost of tuition.

0 credit(s) No No No
Agribusiness Management (BUSN-0164)

Prerequisites: MATH-0106 Agribusiness Math; ACCT-0003 Financial Accounting 1; COMP-0571 Communications and Technology
Microeconomic and financial management concepts are applied, with the guidance of business mentors in various business planning scenarios and lectures, to evaluate and optimize profitability. Students also learn to apply macroeconomic concepts (fiscal and monetary policy) and credit management skills to reduce exposure to financial, production and marketing risk. The potential for market growth is evaluated within the Canadian Agriculture and Agri-food system. Succession planning and accompanying tax implications are also examined in various workshops using expert speakers. An opportunity is also provided for students to learn how to set-up an accounting system for their group project to create financial statements with customized accounts, capital assets, enterprises and opening balances, building upon skills learned earlier, using AgExpert Analyst financial management software.

6 credit(s) No No No
Agricultural Equipment (AGRC-0296)

Prerequisite: COMP-0570 Precision Agriculture
In this course, students learn about the operation, management and economics of equipment used in agricultural production systems of Western Canada. Students learn about specific requirements and types of equipment for cereal and forage production. Students are exposed to industry through visits, expert talks and equipment walk arounds at various dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the area. Students also learn about Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSH) and Regulations and Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to tractors operation, seeding, spraying, harvesting, forage and hay management equipment. Students also learn about equipment selection and preparation of machinery cost evaluation report for a specific agricultural enterprise.

6 credit(s) No No No
Agro-Ecology Field Laboratory (AGRC-0162)

This course introduces students to key features, challenges and sustainable management of the prairie agro-ecological landscape systems. Based on various field and laboratory exercises and guided site tours, this course provides hands-on training to students by introducing them to various agricultural and environmental sites discussing origin, development and classification of soils, water resources, wetlands and river dynamics, crop agronomy and weeds identification, wild-life habitat, forestry and shelterbelts, the Dominion Land Survey (DLS), mapping and Global Positioning System (GPS), agricultural equipment and livestock production.
Based on field and laboratory exercises and tours, this course introduces students to key features of the prairie agro-ecological landscape. Various aspects are discussed including soils, water, native vegetation, the Dominion land survey, map reading, and crop and livestock production. The concepts of integrated watershed management and the use of mapping and GPS technology are introduced.

6 credit(s) No No No
Commodity Marketing (MKTG-0063)

Students learn the factors that make for profitable commodity marketing in Canada. From classifications, grades, end uses, production, export, consumption, macroeconomics and currency rates, students will gain a better understanding to follow fundamental factors influencing price. Students identify significant grade determinants and practice grain grading techniques while gaining an understanding of supply chain management. Students also learn price risk management strategies to preserve profit margin and increase net returns. A variety of marketing tools such as delivery contracts, hedges and options are examined. Technical analysis, along with basis tracking and assessment skills, are provided to enable the producer to select and time effective market entry and exit. Students gain hands-on experience using a marketing information service platform.

6 credit(s) No No No
Crop Pest Management (AGRC-0295)

Co-requisite: AGRC-0162 Agro-Ecology Field Laboratory
Students learn integrated pest management skills to provide sustainable pest (weed, disease and insect) management solutions for major crops in Western Canada. Students learn to understand biology, identification and cultural control of agricultural pests at various lifecycle stages. Pest monitoring and scouting techniques are also examined in detail to determine pest severity and population threshold levels during field investigations. Research on benefits of pest forecasting using pest sampling, remote sensing and aerial imagery are also examined. Integrated pest management tools, especially cultural, mechanical and biological control (natural enemies and predators) are discussed in detail to help students design pest management programs for major crops in Western Canada.

6 credit(s) No No No
Crop Production Systems (AGRC-0219)

Prerequisite: AGRC-0278 Food Production Methods
This course covers the production of cereal grains, oilseeds, legumes, forages and special crops. Topics include the history and development of crop production and plant breeding. Students focus on the anatomy of cultivated plants and the key production practices unique to each crop including crop establishment, harvest and storage. Students examine the concepts of sustainable decision making in cropping systems as it relates to crop rotation and managing plant health. This course includes a hands-on laboratory component focused on crop staging and health.

6 credit(s) No No No
Environmental Land Management (ENVR-0038)

Prerequsitie: AGRC-0290 Soil & Soil Fertility
Corequisite: AGRC-0294 Livestock Production
In this course, students investigate the basic soils properties and geological features of the region. Students also examine the physical landscape focusing on land and water and its interconnection and interdependence within an agricultural production system. Students gain knowledge on soil erosion, water sources, water quality, environmental regulations, risk assessment and best resource management practices. Students also learn about an environmental farm plan to identify farm related environmental and safety issues.

6 credit(s) No No No
Integrated Crop Management (AGRC-0293)

Prerequisites: PEST-0103 Pesticides in Agriculture, AGRC-0295 Crop Pest Management, AGRC-0219 Crop Production Systems, AGRC-0290 Soil & Soil Fertility
Corequisite: COMP-0570 Precision Agriculture
This advanced agronomics course focuses on best management practices to maximize returns. Students analyze production factors and practices including crop rotation, tillage, soil fertility, soil health, cultivar selection, planting strategies, pest management, biosecurity and harvesting techniques. A systems approach to crop management is emphasized using multiple case studies where students will focus on enhanced crop diagnostic skills and sustainable crop production decisions. This course includes a field component that focuses on scouting and the development of crop plans.

6 credit(s) No No No
Livestock Production (AGRC-0294)

Corequisite: ENVR-0038 Environmental Land Management
Students explore the livestock enterprises common to Canadian food production on a national and provincial basis. Students learn about current and emerging on-farm production for each class of livestock and assess the strengths and weaknesses of each livestock sector. Reproduction, marketing, slaughter, and processing are included as part of on-farm production discussions. Digestive systems and nutritional requirements of ruminant and non-ruminant livestock are examined. Students learn to analysis feed components and forage quality while being introduced to ration formulation. Students compare forage razing systems, riparian management and pasture management systems including their role in greenhouse gas mitigation. Emphasis is on the fact that the consumers desired end product, determines on-farm production practices.

6 credit(s) No No No
Occupational Health & Safety (HLTH-0277)

Students learn the importance of having a safety first attitude and the responsibilities of owners, supervisors and employees in applying safe work skills. From primary production to agri-retail service and input supply, businesses require detailed safety systems and programs to manage and control hazards. As agribusinesses grow larger and become specialized with larger equipment, the need for customized components within a safety system increases. Training and certification for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS 2015), updated with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG), for safe shipping, transporting, receiving and handling of crop protection products and Anhydrous Ammonia is also provided. Safety requirements for businesses covered provincially (Workplace Safety and Health Act – W210) and federally (The Canada Labour Code) is discussed. Students gain hands-on experience implementing a safety and health system for an employer in a group project and host a safety workshop showcasing their applied safety training.

6 credit(s) No No No
Pesticides in Agriculture (PEST-0103)

Prerequisite: MATH-0106 Agribusiness Math
Students learn the unique properties of pesticide products, proper use, handling and storage of pesticides, safety and health precautions for the student and the environment, and emergency responses and procedures. They focus on proper application and dispensing of agricultural pesticides in accordance with federal and provincial legislation. Students demonstrate pesticide rate calculations, sprayer calibration techniques and proper pesticide complaint handling procedures. A focus is placed on pesticide rotation to prevent the development of pesticide resistance. This course prepares the student for the Pesticide Core and Agriculture Ground exams required for licensing as a pesticide applicator/dispenser.

6 credit(s) No No No
Precision Agriculture (COMP-0570)

Corequisite: AGRC-0293 Integrated Crop Management
This course familiarizes students with data collection techniques, equipment and software commonly used in precision agriculture. Focus is on the use and application of tools related to Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Students learn proficiency in GPS equipment by incorporating the fundamental concepts of what makes GPS work. The concepts of different coordinates systems are also integrated. How to plot and read the coordinates of positions on a map and a recreational grade GPS will also be studied. Students become proficient in data collection and mapping field collected data as well as sourcing and interpreting various agricultural GIS data layers available. Emphasis is on decision-making using many different Precision Agriculture models and spatial data layers.

6 credit(s) No No No
Soil & Soil Fertility (AGRC-0290)

Prerequisites: MATH-0106 Agribusiness Math, AGRC-0162 Agro-Ecology Field Laboratory
In this course, students investigate the nature and properties of soils, i.e. how physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes within soils influence the crop growth and development. Students also analyze the key topic of development, degradation and conservation of soil resources. Methods of soil sampling and soil test interpretation are also discussed in details to help students understand the nutrient requirements of crops of Western Canada. Students learn to determine crop nutrient requirements, deficiency symptoms and select proper fertilizer application techniques based on sustainable soil management practices. This course also prepare students to decision-making as it relates to crop nutrient requirement calculations, fertility planning and application of agricultural fertilizers using suitable agricultural machinery.

6 credit(s) No No No

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Frequently Asked Questions

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