Purdue University awarded Agronomy Essentials with the 2015 Award for Excellence in Distance Learning for professional development. This award was accepted with deep appreciation after a year of planning, design and development by Bruce Erickson, PhD and his team of nearly 30 people who contributed to the success of the course.
Agronomy Essentials resulted from feedback given by a group of major agricultural company representatives who expressed the need for a basic online course in agronomy for their employees. Designed to meet the needs of a cross-section of agricultural professionals, the course benefits professionals with varying degrees of agronomic understanding. It is a basic, broad-ranging course that explores soil structure and content and seed selection and continues through the planting, growing, harvesting and marketing process.
Offered for the first time in January, sixty participants successfully completed the course in the 12 weeks allotted. Post course survey results were overwhelmingly positive, with 100% stating that they increased their knowledge of agronomy by taking the course.
Registration opens in May for the next course offering, which will run from June 24 through September 16. The final course for 2015 will take place from September 30 through December 23.