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Agriculture Technology diploma

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.

 

Overview

This program allows students to gain technical knowledge, practical skills and hands-on experience in agriculture production, business management, and marketing techniques. With UFV's Agriculture programs, you will:

  • Learn theory, core principles, and receive practical training in horticulture production and protection, integrated pest management, and livestock production.
  • Gain valuable hands-on training at UFV's barn, laboratory and greenhouse facilities.
  • View business operations and industry techniques first hand from engaging field trips.
  • Build valuable connections with local agriculture and horticulture business through practicums.

This program is offered in Chilliwack at the CEP Campus either full-time or part-time.

Horticulture job opportunities include greenhouses/field production, nurseries, pest management companies, landscaping companies, city parks, agri-service companies or technicians with various levels of government.

Livestock job opportunities include farm managers or owner/operators, dairy herdspersons, ranch hands, agri-service companies, poultry producers, government livestock and forage technicians and artificial insemination specialists.

 

Program structure and requirements

Upon entering the program, students must select one of the following options: Horticulture Crop Production and Protection or Livestock Production.

In their first year, students complete the requirements of either the Horticulture Crop Production and Protection Certificate or the Livestock Production Certificate.

In the Fall semester, courses all run at the Canada Education Park (CEP) campus for 15 weeks. Courses include:

  • AGRI 123
  • AGRI 124
  • AGRI 142 or BUS 100
  • AGRI 163
  • CMNS 125 or ENGL 105
  • AGRI 321 or 323

The Winter semester courses run at the CEP campus for 12-15 weeks. Courses include:

  • AGRI 129
  • AGRI 204
  • AGRI 324
  • AGRI 327
  • BUS 120

In your second year, you develop additional expertise in your chosen area of practice, learn about sustainable holistic agricultural practices, and explore issues relating to on-farm food safety, quality, and security. You also develop your writing, business, and marketing skills both by completing coursework and a hands-on enterprise project where you get to develop a business plan for an agricultural venture.

All qualified diploma students will complete a three-week practicum course (AGRI 192) at selected host farms/businesses throughout the Fraser Valley in April of their first or second year.

Students must have reliable transportation for the practicum work placements. All practica are done without remuneration

 

Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:

 

First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.

 

Workload

 

 

Take
6 courses per semester

 

Expect
18-21 hours per week in class

 

And at least
18 hours per week
for homework

 

Suggested course plan (first and second semester)

Here is a sample of course selection for first semester in the Agriculture Technology Program.

Fall (Sept-Dec) - 18 credits

CourseTitleCredits

AGRI 123

Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Fall

3

AGRI 124

Introduction to Horticulture

3

AGRI 142

Agribusiness Principles

3

or BUS 100

Introduction to Business

 

AGRI 163

Pest Biology and Identification

3

CMNS 125

Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences

3

or ENGL 105

Academic Writing

 

AGRI 321

Vegetable Crop Production: Science and Practice (offered in even-numbered years)

3

or AGRI 323

Fruit Crop Production: Science and Practice (offered in odd-numbered years)  

 

Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.

 

 
Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to advising@ufv.ca.

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).

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