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Top 50 Agriculture Courses of All Time

Agriculture as a field of study has greatly improved over the years. Learning has also evolved from the conventional physical classroom teacher-student interaction to distant learning. There are many agricultural courses offered by various universities that can make farming pleasurable. In this article 50 notable agricultural courses will be examined.

  1. Drainage in Agriculture: controlling water and salt levels in the soil
  2. Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability
  3. Drones for Agriculture: Prepare and Design Your Drone (UAV) Mission
  4. Understanding Agribusiness, Value Chain, and Consumers in Global Food Systems
  5. Plant Based Diets: Food for a sustainable Future
  6. Xseries Program in Food Security and Sustainability
  7. MicroMasters Program in Sustainable Agribusiness
  8. Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective
  9. Agricultural Economic Modelling Tools 
  10. Sustainable Food Security: Crop Production
  11. Sustainable Agri-food Marketing
  12. Agri-food Systems Analysis
  13. Sustainable Agribusiness Comprehensive Exam
  14. Sustainable Global Food Systems
  15. Climate Action in Biodiverse Landscapes
  16. Animal Breeding and Genetics
  17. Global Food Futures and Agri-food Systems Solutions
  18. Discover Best Practice Farming for a sustainable 2050
  19. Sustainable Agricultural Land Management
  20. Agriculture, Economics and Nature
  21. Understanding plants- Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology
  22. Challenges of Agribusiness management
  23. The Economics of Agro-Food Value Chains
  24. Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions
  25. Transformation of the global food system
  26. Sustainable Food Production through Livestock Health Management
  27. An introduction to the US food system: Perspective from Public health
  28. Global postharvest loss prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and actors
  29. Feeding the world
  30. The Meat we eat
  31. Sustainable Agricultural Land Management
  32. Unraveling solutions for future food problems
  33. Agriculture and nutrition
  34. Improving Food Production with Agricultural Technology and Plant Biotechnology
  35. Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Practice
  36. Animal Feed Production: Feed Quality
  37. Animal Feed Production: Feed Safety
  38. Engaging with Controversies in the Food System
  39. Explore How Farmers Produce Food Sustainably
  40. Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a changing environment
  41. Grand Challenges: Food for Thought
  42. Future Food: Sustaining Food Systems for the 21st Century
  43. Soils: Introducing the World beneath our Feet
  44. Introduction to Food and Our Environment
  45. e-Learning on Digital Agriculture
  46. Landscape Governance: Collaborating Across Sectors and Scales
  47. The Future of Farming: Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture
  48. Landscape Leadership: Catalyse Sustainable Development in Landscapes
  49. Our Energy Future
  50. Introduction to Sustainability

Drainage in Agriculture: controlling water and salt levels in the soil

This course is designed to teach students how to create and maintain proper drainage systems to match international best practices in agriculture. You will learn how to design a standard soil profile for optimal growing conditions for crops and increase food supply to feed the increasing global population. This course is offered by Wageningen University and Research which is one of the best agricultural universities on earth. The prerequisite for the course is a bachelor’s degree in agricultural water management and basic knowledge in soil, chemical, physical and biological processes, hydrology, hydraulics, irrigation, and agricultural water management.

The duration of the course is five weeks. 18-20 hours will be allocated to each week. People from Iran, Cuba, and the Crimea region of Ukraine are not eligible to apply for this course. The course is an advanced level course and will be taught in English. The course will be taught by experienced tutors including Professors of Agriculture.

Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability

This course is designed to teach students the impact of advanced technology on farming, the importance of food security, regulations influencing the agricultural value chain and the experiences of smallholder farmers in various sectors of agriculture. This course is offered by SDG Academy which is a reputable academy for agricultural programs. The duration of the course is 7 weeks and each week takes 3-5 hours of academic activity.

There is no prerequisite for this course and it is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students, agricultural professionals and practitioners and private actors who have interests in agriculture.

Drones for Agriculture: Prepare and Design Your Drone (UAV) Mission

This course is designed to teach students the uses and applications of drones in agriculture. Students will learn about available airborne technology, international legislations and regulations governing drone use, practice drone flights, examine drone data and derive information from it. This course is offered by Wageningen University and Research which is a leading agricultural university in the world.

The course which is concerned with the use of drones has a duration of 3 weeks and 4-8 hours will be utilized each week. This course is an intermediate level course and requires no previous knowledge on the use of drones or specialization in any sector of agriculture. However, being a computer enthusiast can be helpful.

Understanding Agribusiness, Value Chain, and Consumers in Global Food Systems

This course is designed to teach students how to recognize the characteristics of global food systems. Students will learn how to identify value chain thinking in the agricultural sector, the composition of agri-food markets, the role of external factors like population, income growth, globalization, climate change and  technology and the role of consumers in the agri-food chain.

The course is offered by The University of Adelaide. The course is designed to last for 4 weeks with about 3 hours of activity each week. The course is taught by a Professor of Agriculture and experienced experts in value chain and food systems. The course is an intermediate level course and does not require students to possess previous certificates in agricultural fields.

Plant Based Diets: Food for a sustainable Future

This course is offered by Wageningen University and Research and it is designed to teach students about the relationship between food choices, the environment and infectious diseases. Students will learn about system thinking, particularly, reductionist and holistic approaches. The course aims to enable students understand the importance of plant-based nutrition and the influence of consumers on the food system bottom-up.

It takes 7 Weeks to complete this course and 3 hours is required each week for this course. The prerequisite for this course is basic knowledge of natural sciences. A formal certificate is not required to enroll for this course.

 Xseries Program in Food Security and Sustainability

The aim of this program is to enable students understand the concept of food security, food availability, food access, food utilization and food stability. To achieve its aims, the course is divided into three parts including value of systems thinking, crop production and food access.

Students will learn about the complexity and diversity of food production systems, principles of system analysis, evaluation methods for the environmental impact of food production systems, advantages and disadvantages of different food production systems, basic concepts of plant production, issues related to global food production and consumption, processes that cause major problems for the environment and dilemmas of food access at household, national and international levels.

The duration of the program is 5 months, and the program is offered by Wageningen University and Research. Those with knowledge in agriculture and natural sciences can enroll for the course.

MicroMasters Program in Sustainable Agribusiness

This program is offered by Doane University. The program is an advanced level program and the minimum degree which is required to enroll in the program is a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture related field. The program is designed to teach students agricultural growth and productivity analysis, sustainable agri-food supply chain management, global agri-food, livestock, and crop Systems solution, agricultural economic modelling tools, environmental and natural resources economics and food futures and market.

The graduate level program  is designed to last for 1 year and 2 months. Students will be taught by seasoned agricultural tutors and experts with years of experience in agribusiness. The course is aimed at making students more practical and help in the growth of their agribusiness careers.

Sustainable Food Systems: A Mediterranean Perspective

The main aim of this course is to explore food systems in the Mediterranean region. The course will teach students about food professional and entrepreneurial opportunities. Students will learn about food value chains and the relationship between production and consumption.

The course is offered by the SDG Academy, and it takes 10 weeks to complete the course. There is no prerequisite to qualify for the course. The course is open to everyone irrespective of previous degrees or certificates.

Sustainable Food Security: Crop Production

This course is offered by Wageningen University and Research. The course is designed to teach students about the issues affecting global food production and consumption in developed and developing countries. It will also help students understand how food crop production can be influenced by changing the availability of water and nutrients and by measures suppressing pests and diseases. Students will also learn about advancement and innovations in food crop production and their merits.

Basic knowledge in biology is the prerequisite to enroll for the course. The duration of the course is 6 weeks.

Agricultural Economic Modelling Tools 

This course is designed to enable students discern the impact of variables on agricultural outcomes. The course teaches students various models that will ensure sustainable growth and development in the agricultural sector if utilized effectively.

The course is offered by Doane University and is structured to last for 8 Weeks. The prerequisite for this course is a Bachelor’s degree or 5 years experience in an agriculture or a related field.

Sustainable Agri-food Marketing

This course is designed to teach students how to apply concepts of marketing to sustainable agriculture and food innovation, identify creative market entry strategies and utilize economic principles to formulate pricing strategies for agricultural products. The course is offered by Doanex University. The duration of the course is 8 weeks. Each week requires 10 – 15 hours of activity.

Individuals who enroll for the course must have a bachelor’s degree or 5 years’ experience in a related field. The course will help students understand the principles of marketing in the agri-food industry and enable them to understand the pertinence of a healthy relationship between consumers and actors in the agri-food sector.

Agri-food Systems Analysis

This is another important agri-food course offered by Doane University. Students who enroll for the course will be taught the need for country-level collaboration among various agencies in the agri-food chain. Students will also be exposed to the complexity and effect of policies and technologies on global food systems. The course will enable students explore the solutions to economic and environmental factors influencing the agri-food supply chain. Students who enroll for the course will be capable of assessing the sustainability of agriculture and food systems.

The course is designed to last for 8 weeks. The prerequisites for the course are bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience in a related field.

Sustainable Agribusiness Comprehensive Exam

The aim of the course is to enable students understand how outcomes in agribusiness are influenced by variables. Students will learn how to access effects of human non-judicious use of natural resources resulting in the degradation of the environment and unhealthy environment for agricultural practices. This course is structured to explain the effects of economic growth on the environment and agricultural practices.

To be eligible for this course, applicants must first complete all six courses in the Sustainable Agri-business Micro Master’s Program. The duration of the course is 8 weeks with 10 – 15 hours of work each week. The course is offered by Doane University.

Sustainable Global Food Systems

This course is structured to help students identify the basic elements of the global food system including the actors. Students will also learn the key global challenges relating to food systems, how tools such as certification, modelling and the use of big Data help to understand these problems and how to identify methods and interventions to address some of the issues affecting global food systems.

The duration of the course is 5 weeks with 3-5 hours of activity each week. The course is offered by the University of Edinburgh, and it is an introductory course which does not require expert knowledge in agriculture, global food systems or a related.

Climate Action in Biodiverse Landscapes

Students of this course will understand the various forms of climate action and the need to take collective action globally. The framework of the course will enable students understand the impact of climate change on agricultural landscapes and the relationship between climate change and biodiversity. The aim of the course is to enable students apply participatory tools and methods to study climate vulnerabilities and discover mitigation measures to promote proper decision making.

This course is offered by Wageningen University and Research which is one of the most reputable universities to study agriculture in the world. The duration of the course is 4 weeks. The prerequisites for this course include a bachelor’s degree in social or natural sciences and a minimum of one year academic or professional experience in landscapes and climate change.

Animal Breeding and Genetics

This program is offered by Wageningen University and Research. Students of this course will learn the steps to follow to set up an efficient breeding program. The program will enable students describe the effect of selection and genomic and their usefulness in alleviating monogenic recessive diseases. This program will teach students various mating strategies and help them predict the rate of inbreeding.

The program focuses on the sustainability the livestock sector of agribusiness and reveals the modern techniques of livestock production to students. The duration of the course is 3 months with 4-6 hours of activity each week. The program is made up of two courses which are genetic models for animal breeding and evaluating animal breeding programmes. The program is a professional certificate and practical in nature. People with a bachelor’s degree in related field are eligible for the course.

Global Food Futures and Agri-food Systems Solutions

This course will teach students how to analyze the solutions to global agri-food systems challenges and compare existing distribution systems for sustainability. Students will learn how to survey innovations, scientific breakthroughs, and emerging technologies. Students will also understand how to construct viable strategies and solutions for the environmental, social, and economic challenges that face the global agri-food system.

The prerequisites for this course include a bachelor’s degree or 5 years’ experience in a related field. The course is offered by Doane University and will last for the period of 8 weeks. This course is interesting because it aims at creating innovative solutions to the challenges facing global food system because of climate change and other contemporary issues.

Discover Best Practice Farming for a sustainable 2050

The course will expose students to a wide range of issues confronting the agricultural industry which must be examined. The course will also teach students about water and soil management. Students who enroll for this course will understand the basics of ecological cropping, weed management and plant breeding. The course will enable students learn the effective strategies of weed management.

The course is a beginner level course on agriculture offered by the University of Western Australia. The duration of the course is 4 weeks. Any person can enroll for the course since it does not have specific requirements for participants. The course is available in Arabic, French, Portuguese, Italian, Vietnamese, German, Russian, English and Spanish.

Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

This course is designed to introduce students to the concept of land management. Students will learn about water quality issues and regulations. The course is structured to enable students to understand agricultural soils and nutrients. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to understand best land management practices.

The course is offered by the University of Florida. The duration of the course is 4 weeks. It is a beginner level course and no previous certificate is required to enroll for the course.

Agriculture, Economics and Nature

Students will be taught agricultural production and prices and agriculture’s reliance on natural resources. The course will help students understand the resource and environmental challenges facing agriculture. This course is designed to inform students about the relationship between inputs and outputs, the optimal level of an input, the question of pollution from inputs and flat payoff functions. The syllabus also covers land conservation practices, weighing benefits and costs properly and non-economic factors of conservation in agriculture.

The course is offered by the University of Western Australia and the duration of the course is 4 weeks with 3 hours of activity each week. The course is a beginner level course.

Understanding plants- Part II: Fundamentals of Plant Biology

Students will learn about plant cell structure, whole-plant structure, photosynthesis, and most importantly, plant genetic engineering. The course is offered by Tel Aviv University and the duration of the course is 4 weeks. The course is an intermediate level course and suitable for individuals with basic knowledge on agriculture and science.

Challenges of Agribusiness management

In the first week students will be taught the heritage of Italian agriculture. Students will learn about the challenges of global agro-system, innovation in agribusiness and developing new agribusiness skills. The course is designed to make students as practical as possible. The course is offered by Bocconi University. The duration of the course is four weeks with at least an hour of activity each week. There is no prerequisite for enrollment for the course.

The Economics of Agro-Food Value Chains

The 13 modules of this course will teach students how to increase quality for the agricultural products and attract consumers. Students will also learn how to engage in resourceful market research, seek asymmetric information about quality and food labeling. Students of this course will also learn about pricing strategies and their implications, consumer behavior and brand personality, geographical indicators of agribusiness, industrial standards, coordination, and modern retail.

This course is offered by Technishce Universitat Munchen. The course is designed to last for 6 weeks with 2 hours allocated to each week.

Bugs 101: Insect-Human Interactions

This course is structured to introduce student to insects and their terrestrial relatives. Students will learn about insect locomotion, insect as decomposers, plant feeding and impacts of herbivore, pollination and bee keeping, insects and disease, sustainable human-insect interaction, insect conservation and insects in human culture. The course is offered by the University of Alberta. The duration of the course is 13 weeks with 4 hours of activities each week. The course is a beginner level course and does not require any previous certificate for enrollment.

Transformation of the global food system

Students will be introduced to the global food system by this course. This course will also teach students how to boost food production, sustain transformation in the global food system, lose less and eat smarter.

The course is offered by the University of Copenhagen. The course is a beginner level course with duration of 6 weeks.

Sustainable Food Production through Livestock Health Management

Students will learn about animals and sustainable food production. This course is designed to students the role of disease as a barrier to sustainability, animal’s response to infectious diseases, the role of farmers and agricultural stakeholders in the fight against infectious diseases and the prevention of infectious diseases. The course is offered by the University of Illinois and will last for 6 weeks.

An introduction to the US food system: Perspective from Public health

This course is designed to teach students the effects of climate change on agriculture, food security and the right to food, food system sustainability and resilience, ecological perspectives on food production, anima production and public health. Students will also study food and farm policy perspectives and learn how to improve food systems. The course is a beginner level course offered by John Hopkins University.

The duration of the course is 6 weeks with about 24 cumulative hours of activity.

Global postharvest loss prevention: Fundamentals, Technologies, and actors

The course will teach students about global postharvest loss. Students will understand the causes of post-harvest loss. Students will also learn how to prevent post-harvest loss. This course helps students build a network of global stakeholders in the agricultural industry. The duration of the course is 4 weeks. The course is offered by the University of Illinois. It is a beginner level course.

Feeding the world

This course will teach students population growth and global animal industries.   Students will learn about the issues surrounding animal production. Students will also be taught animal feeds and the environment as well as general animal production, efficiency, and food safety. Students will also learn about poultry production, dairy production, beef production and swine production.

The duration of the course is 8 weeks. It is a beginner level course offered by the University of Pennsylvania.

The Meat we eat

This course will teach students the basics of the American meat industry. Students will also learn about meat inspection, slaughter inspection and food safety. The aim of the course is to enable students identify ways of sustaining the meat industry and meat byproducts.

The duration of the course is 7 weeks. The course is offered by the University of Florida.

Unraveling solutions for future food problems

This course will introduce students to future food and food shortage. It also proffers sustainable solutions to food problems. The course is offered by Utrecht University. The duration of the course is 5 weeks, and the course is a beginner level course.

Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

This course will introduce students to sustainable agricultural land management. Students will understand water quality issues and regulations. The course informs students of best management practices in agriculture. Students will also learn about soil management, nutrient management, water, and irrigation management. The duration of the course is 8 weeks, and it is offered by the University of Florida. It is a beginner level course.

Agriculture and Nutrition

Students will learn about the is of fermented rice bran, the biological function of fermented rice bran, the relationship between mammary gland and immune in dairy cow and the relationship between epithelial mucosa and immune in dairy cow. The course is offered by Tape Medical University and the duration of the course is 4 weeks. Students interested in learning specific research topics, rice barn and epithelial mucosa can apply for the course.

Improving Food Production with Agricultural Technology and Plant Biotechnology

Students will learn about the solutions to food production challenges, alternatives to plant biotechnology, challenges in the field and a history of agricultural technology and modern technologies. The course is designed to enable student proffer solutions for altering plant-based foods to create supermarket food products and to understand the concept of post-harvest food processing.

The prerequisites of the job include being 16-19 years old and studying biology related STEM courses at A level or undergraduate level. The course is offered by the University of Cambridge for a duration of 3 weeks.

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Practice

This course is designed to enable students understand medicine use and transform medicine use. The course is offered by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The duration of the course is three weeks. The course is for Veterinary surgeons and professionals with basic clinical knowledge of antimicrobial prescribing practice.

Animal Feed Production: Feed Quality

Students will learn product quality assurance and control systems in animal feed production, how to create quality management system, improve feed ingredient quality, quality control and test methods. The course will also expose students to adulteration in feed quality. The course is offered by Queen’s University in collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and EIT food.  in. The duration of the course is 5 weeks. The course is designed for animal feed mill managers. However, there is no prerequisite to enroll for the course.

Animal Feed Production: Feed Safety

The course will help students identify and understand feedstuff categories, legislations governing animal feed production, the microbiological and chemical aspects guiding animal feed production. Students will also learn feed processing and feed formulation.

The course is offered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in partnership with Queen’s University and EIT food.  The duration of the course is 5 weeks. There is no prerequisite for the course although it is targeted at animal feed mill managers.

Engaging with Controversies in the Food System

This course will teach students alternative proteins, introduction to palm oil and probiotics. The duration of the course is 3 weeks. The course is organized by EIT Food, University of Reading and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. There is no previous certificate required to be eligible for the course.

Explore How Farmers Produce Food Sustainably

This course is designed to teach students sustainability in food production and how to produce enough food to feed the growing population.  Students will also learn the future of livestock farming. The course is offered by EIT Food in partnership with the University of Reading and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

The duration of the course is 3 weeks and any interested person can participate.

Farm to Fork: Sustainable Food Production in a changing environment

Students will learn about water soil and plant health. The course will also teach students about animal health and welfare. Students will acquire skills on food safety and human health and learn about climate change and food security. The course is designed for anybody interested in agriculture and there is no requirement for a certificate to participate. The duration of the course is 4 weeks, and it is offered by the University of Belfast in partnership with EIT Food and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

Grand Challenges: Food for Thought

Students will be made to understand the pillars of sustainability in food production, the environmental impacts of food production, exploitation of the sea. Students will also be made to examine the cases studies on the production of Bananas, coffee, and palm oil. Participants will also learn about the importance of pollinators.

The course is offered by the University of Exeter and the duration of the course is 4 weeks.  No previous experience or qualification is required to participate.

Future Food: Sustaining Food Systems for the 21st Century

This course is designed to teach students about changing food cultures, diets for personal and planetary health. Participants will learn about food security and food governance. The course is offered by the University of Exeter. The duration of the course is 4 weeks. No previous certificate is required to participate because the course is designed for anyone with interest in food sustainability.

Soils: Introducing the World beneath our Feet

This course is designed to introduce participants to the basics of soil science. Students will be made to under what the soil is made of. The course will also teach students soil organisms, the importance of microbes, the rise and fall of civilizations and their dependence on soils and the impact of climate change on soils. The course is offered by Lancaster University. The duration of the course is 4 weeks. The course does not require a previous certificate for participation. It is open to everyone with interest in soil, biology and geography.

Introduction to Food and Our Environment

This course is designed to enable students learn about how producing different kinds of meat have different impacts on our environment. Students will also learn why plant-based proteins are less stressful for our planet to produce than animal-based proteins – and how increasing the plant-based proteins in our diet can improve our health.

The course is offered by Stanford University and is structured to last for 4 Weeks.

e-Learning on Digital Agriculture

This course is designed to introduce the participants to different agriculture data platforms already available and will encourage them to discover the scope and utility of the open data platforms for analytics and intelligence in agriculture. The course is offered by Wageningen University and Research. The duration of the course is 5 weeks. Each week requires 2- 3 hours of activity.

Landscape Governance: Collaborating Across Sectors and Scales

This is another important course offered by Wageningen University and Research. Students who enrol for the course will be taught increasing global complexities and interconnectedness which offer both opportunities and challenges to our collective ability to deal with climate change, food insecurity, resource depletion and degradation and the many conflicts that arise due to scarcity. The course is designed to last for 4 weeks.

The Future of Farming: Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture

The aim of the course is to explore the principles and practical applications of Climate Smart Agriculture: mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, adaption to climate change and stable or increased food production in the context of European dairy farming and wine production. The duration of the course is 3 weeks . The course is offered by the University of Reading.

Landscape Leadership: Catalyse Sustainable Development in Landscapes

This course is structured to help students learn how to facilitate and inspire stakeholders and develop a repertoire of tools and methods to manage and resolve conflict toward sustainable change.

The duration of the course is 4 weeks. The course is offered by Wageningen University and Research.

Our Energy Future

This course is designed to introduce students to the issues of energy in the 21st century – including food and fuels – which are inseparably linked – and will discuss energy production and utilization from the biology, engineering, economics, climate science, and social science perspectives.

This course is offered by University of California San Diego. The duration of the course is 9 weeks.

Introduction to Sustainability

This program is offered by University of Illinois. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.