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Remote sensing curriculum for advanced technology education at the community college level - Mississippi State University and USDA cooperating

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  021015,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.9141) @2002
Authors:   Steven J. Thomson, Donald L. Sudbrink, Gretchen F. Sassenrath, Molly B. Walker, Patrick J. English, Thomas B. Freeland
Keywords:   Curriculum, teaching, education, hands-on learning, precision agriculture, remote sensing

A junior college curriculum was developed to meet the short- and long-term industry needs for an Advanced Agricultural Specialist. The curriculum consists of eight courses developed by both federal and state scientists at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS. Courses developed for the program will be taught by state scientists beginning Fall Semester, 2002. In addition to their primary course, each course developer also assisted in developing the other courses. This served to identify areas of overlap between courses and to identify where reenforcement of a topic might be needed. Because of the curriculum's applied nature, laboratory and field experiences were emphasized in course development, and labs will be conducted at the Stoneville experimental fields. By having the students on site at the Stoneville campus, these 2-year students will be exposed to substantially more research and actual crop production than is available in most programs of undergraduate study.

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