Overview

Our one-year Agriculture advanced diploma enables prior university or college graduates to further their studies in a post-graduate program in agriculture. The program supports the current and growing labour gap in the agriculture and agri-food sector in Manitoba and Western Canada. 

Potential employers include grain souring companies, seed and crop inputs suppliers, insurance companies, banks and credit unions, livestock 

supply outlets, agricultural equipment dealers, government agencies, agronomists/consultants and researchers.  

Graduates currently have options to seek membership in Manitoba Institute of Agrologists Manitoba as technical agrologists, to elect to complete certifications required for Pesticide Applicators/ Dispenser licensing in Manitoba, and to challenge the Prairie Provinces’ Certified Crop Advisor exam. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

  • Integrate and apply various agricultural business skills to industry standards.  
  • Integrate and apply various field technical skills to industry standards. 
  • Develop specialized plans for the agribusiness sector that build off of their own prior industry and educational experiences that can include commodity marketing plans, marketing and sales strategies, crop and livestock production plans, farm safety and environmental farm plans, agribusiness plans, soil management and soil fertility management plans, and succession and estate management plans. 
  • Apply agro-ecology and environmental land management practices to agricultural land use and landscapes. 
  • Evaluate and implement risk management strategies for agricultural operations. 
  • Evaluate and apply supply chain management principles in the agribusiness sector. 
  • Design cropping systems and apply effective practices in crop production systems in Western Canada including integrated approaches. 
  • Develop integrated pest management systems and apply assessment techniques, field scouting procedures, and appropriate record keeping.  
  • Apply occupational health and safety measures, demonstrate mental health awareness in agriculture, and use safe equipment operation and maintenance procedures for equipment used in agribusiness. 
  • Apply on-farm production knowledge including codes of practice; nutrition, feed and forage; safety protocols and biosecurity in various areas of Canadian livestock production. 
  • Apply knowledge of agriculture field equipment and their suitability to farm operations-based evaluation of key considerations including use, cost and return on investment. 
  • Demonstrate professionalism, ethical behaviour, critical thinking, creativity, effective communication, and conflict management strategies in the workplace. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer applications and software relevant to the agribusiness sector. 

Examples of what jobs graduates from this program can do: 

  • Career opportunities include entry-level positions in agriculture, agronomy, sales and service, finance, insurance, livestock, communications and marketing, agricultural business management, research, and administration. 

Success Factors 

You might be a good fit for this program if you would enjoy: 

  • A one-year program to build upon your previous education and introduce you to production terms and concepts applicable to western Canadian agricultural practices.  
  • Entering a career in or supporting the Canadian agricultural industry and food production markets. 
  • Potential to work in a variety of urban and rural communities, in both indoor and outdoor settings. 
  • Collecting, organizing, and analyzing data to solve problems. 
  • Learning how agricultural producers and their support industries work together to produce the food that feeds the world. 

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

The industry and program environment often requires individuals to: 

  • Be able and willing to travel. 
  • Possess a valid driver’s licence, and access to a vehicle. 
  • Maintain strong customer and client relationships, by being able to quickly problem solve and deal with customer conflicts and complaints in a professional manner; 
  • Apply business practices to crop, livestock and or mixed farm operations. 
  • Manage product, price, placement and promotion to sell to and meet customer needs. 
  • Be self-motivated and results-oriented with the ability to deliver strong results in an often-unsupervised environment. 

 

Elevate Awards

Full-Tuition Awards Available!

The Elevate Award is a full-tuition award that supports university or college graduates looking to enhance their professional skill sets by pursuing an advanced diploma program. Up to 20 full-tuition Elevate awards are granted annually to domestic students (Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents). Awards are limited; apply to the program today!

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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. 

International Applicants

International students should review our Helpful Information for International Applicants before applying for this program.

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

  • Agriculture
  • Agronomy
  • Sales and service
  • Finance
  • Livestock
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Research
  • Precision agriculture

Connections

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists as technical agrologists; may choose to complete certifications required for Pesticide Applicators/Dispenser licensing in Manitoba; and to challenge the Prairie Provinces’ Certified Crop Advisor exam. 

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.

Program Checklist & Textbooks/Supplies

    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

    Costs

    Estimated Program Costs (Domestic students)
      Credits Tuition Course fees Students' Association fees (includes health premium) Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
    Agriculture 75 $6,180 Included Included $455

    All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.

    Estimated Program Costs (International students)
      Credits Tuition Course fees Students' Association fees (includes health premium) Required health insurance Textbooks, tools & supplies
    Agriculture 75 $17,650 Included Included $1,000 $455

    All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. 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.

     

    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.

    Courses

    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.

    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
    Agricultural Equipment (AGRC-0296)

    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
    Co-op Work Placement - AGADV (COOP-0033)

    Prerequisites: AGRC-0295 Crop Pest Management, AGRC-0290 Soil & Soil Fertility, HLTH-0277 Occupational Health & Safety, AGRC-0219 Crop Production Systems, plus cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater.
    This requires a minimum of 600 hours of full-time, paid, related work experience. The work placement is subject to prior approval of and monitoring by a faculty member. Credit is based on successful completion of the work placement plus assignments based on the student's work experience

    3 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
    Communications and Technology (COMP-0571)

    This course will help students communicate better in the work world.  Using technology as a communication tool, students will learn to write, present, organize and interpret data, and interact with the online world.  

    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)

    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-retailservice 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 on 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 protectionproducts 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. 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
    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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