About The Program

What We Do

As more farms adopt precision agriculture technology and digital agriculture strategies, the industry will need people with proven skills in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), data science, programming, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and precision equipment.

Purdue Extension’s Digital Agriculture Curriculum prepares participants for future employment in agriculture through a mixture of presentations and experiential learning, with a focus on experiential learning in precision agriculture technology.

Contact Us

Purdue Digital Agriculture Curriculum 

Agriculture Administration Building
615 W. Mitch Daniels Boulevard
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053


John Scott, 765-894-1694

Adam Shanks, 765-659-6380 ext. 1813




The curriculum is designed for:

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  • Community/junior college students
  • Career center patrons
  • Early career professionals

units include: 

  • Soil Nutrient Management
  • Plant Nutrient Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Applied Information Technologies
  • Data Management
  • Precision Agronomy
  • Precision Equipment
  • UAV Technologies


  • Detailed instructor manuals with required equipment lists
  • 90+ student activities
  • Comprehensive PowerPoint slides
  • Educator training workshop
  • Support from Purdue Extension Digital Agriculture specialists


Those completing the course will:

  • Understand basic soil science, interpret soil tests, plant science, and plant tissue tests, and generate fertilizer recommendations.
  • Pilot UAVs for remote sensing and imagery interpretation.
  • Employ various sensing platforms, computer programming languages and internet of things (IoT) technologies to create basic software and agronomically useful devices.
  • Implement data management practices to understand, clean, analyze, visualize, interpret and summarize data using various software.
  • Learn to work with a GIS to develop variable rate technology prescriptions.

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