What is an Agricultural Watershed Management Program?
- Agricultural Watershed Management is a brand new workforce program in LLCC Workforce Development that is focused on the student. Flexibility is built-in. Earn portable, stackable certificates which build upon each other and can lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree.
- The program is developed for broad agricultural interests, from farm owners, operators and farm service providers to the traditional in-bound high school student or graduate students in environmental science.
- Lake Springfield Watershed is designated a priority watershed and serves as our programmatic laboratory and location for outdoor practicums.
- Are you looking for a well-paid, meaningful career? Agricultural Watershed Management’s career pathway has the potential for a high wage career. With the option to progress through more than one program pathway(s) simultaneously, your earning potential goes up with each certificate or degree. See Career Coach for even greater career details.
Agricultural Watershed Focus
The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (INLRS) is center-stage in the LLCC Agricultural Watershed Management program. Each learning unit topic was carefully chosen for its contribution to this technician strategy of:
- Nutrient Loss Reduction opportunities with most-every field in a watershed
- Stability of Soil Sediments – Loss reduction potential, including nutrient retention and storage of nutrients
- Understanding of field water management and water quality issues
Free Courses Available Fall 2017
LLCC is offering select courses in agricultural watershed management at no cost this fall. The free course offerings are in eight-week modules with evening hours. Courses include:
- Agricultural Watershed Management (AWM107) Aug. 22-Oct. 12, Tue. and Thu. from 6-8:50 p.m. – This course identifies the watershed complexities of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and best management practices in today’s watershed environment.
- Conservation Practice Systems I (AWM101) Oct. 17-Dec.14, Tue. and Thu. from 6-8:50 p.m. – This course features surface-level cultural activities to build soil strength and health through cover crops.
The availability of these courses at no cost is made possible by funding from the U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training grant.
AWM101- Conservation Practice Systems I is a course featuring surface-level cultural activities to build soil strength through cover crops.
AWM102- Conservation Practice Systems II explores subsurface activities to more fully understand the soil water zone, fluctuations and its function during surplus and drought.
AWM103- Nutrient Use Efficiency builds upon a broad nutrient utilization when comparing both inorganic and organic fractions, including biosolids and manures.
AWM104- Agriculture Readiness for Change contributes to a broader understanding of watershed stakeholders and their multi-faceted requirements.
AWM105- Agricultural “Big-Data” Management explores the why and how of big-data analytics and their contribution to precision farming applications, especially nutrient applications.
AWM106- Agricultural Sediment Fundamentals provides concise insight of these complex and often misunderstood structures that support plant-life.
AWM107- Agricultural Watershed Management identifies the complexities of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and Best Management Practices in today’s watershed environment.
2017 Fall Class Schedule
AWM 107:Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:50 p.m., Aug. 22-Oct. 12, 2017
AWM 101:Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8:50 p.m., Oct. 17- Dec. 12, 2017
Certificate Opportunities Available
Two AWM certificates are now available:
AWM Technician I requires completion of these four courses – AWM101, 102, 103, and 107. The course requirements can be taken in sequence and completed in nine months.
AWM Technician II requires completion of all seven AWM courses – AWM101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, and 107. The course requirements can be taken in sequence and completed in 18 months. The other three required courses are AFO208, AGR208 and ESI101.
What Can I Expect?
Students have the opportunity to diagnose nutrient and soil sediment losses and learn to prescribe remedies. They will also be trained to identify key practices of production agriculture, analyzing cost and nutrient benefits of retention. By the end of the program the students will have broadened skills and knowledge of all areas relating to agricultural watershed management.
YES… I go on to a 4-yr degree
The purpose of the 2+2 Integrative Studies Program is for Agricultural Watershed Management students to be able to obtain bachelor’s degrees in Integrative Studies by attending LLCC for two years and attending Southern Illinois University Illinois for two years. Upon completion of the requirements of both institutions, students will qualify for an associate degree in Applied Science, or a certificate in Agriculture Watershed Management, from LLCC and a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies from SIUE. Sample curricula outlining how a typical student would be able to satisfy the requirements in each of the listed disciplines are here.
LLCC is a DOL TAACCCT awardee. Funds from the TAACCCT grant made this program possible.