Online Courses in Agricultural Systems Management and Technology

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2020-2021:  Graduate $590 | Undergraduate $420
2021-2022:  Graduate $590 | Undergraduate $420

3 Hours

3 Hours

The Agricultural Systems Management and Technology program is a course-share supported by four universities, each with a strong presence in the agricultural world.

How does it work?

Courses are taught by experts from around the nation through a partnership called AG IDEA.  You will interact with students from other universities as well as your own through innovative, hands-on lab activities.  Taking courses online will provide you the flexibility to complete course work when and where it is convenient for you.

Field of golden wheat on a beautiful day with a combine pouring the harvest into a grain truck.

Courses cover a variety of areas.

  • Renewable energy
  • Agriculture safety and health
  • Bioprocesses
  • Precision farming systems
  • Agriculture technology
  • Grain quality, drying, and storage
  • And more! Visit the Graduate Program Courses page and the Undergraduate Program Courses page to see a list of all courses currently offered.

What will I learn in these courses?

  • Learn how technology can benefit a farm’s financial sustainability, and then create a plan to implement new technology into an existing farm operation.
  • Hear about current trends in ag technology from guest speakers representing Pioneer, John Deere, AGCO, and Ag Leader.
  • Learn to utilize satellites, GPS systems, and drones.
  • Take your data analysis one step farther by integrating the data with precision agriculture hardware and software.
  • Develop, create, and implement safety and health programs, learn strategies to reduce accidents, and understand the laws and regulations of agriculture safety and health.
  • Discover how technology can help producers and elevators address the critical issues of grain quality, drying, and storage.

AG IDEA Student Handbook

Undergraduate courses in the areas of renewable energy, agriculture and food safety, grain preservation, and machinery management and technology.

List of Courses

Graduate courses available in the areas of renewable energy, agriculture and food safety, grain preservation and machinery management and technology.

List of Courses

University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus. Casey Smith
Ashley Schultz
Janice Clawson
Dan Cotton
University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Headshot photo of Kathryn Holt smilingThe Great Plains IDEA program was a perfect fit for my schedule as it allowed me to work, travel, and learn on the go. The nature of the program fosters a flexible learning environment, and as a student, you have access to all the tools you need with any online portal. With multiple universities contributing to the course roster, there are numerous offerings that provide students with plenty of options to build their skillset.

– – Kathryn Holt, Dietetics Student,
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