Chancellor John Carey of the Ohio Board of Regents has approved Clark State Community College's request to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in precision agriculture, which will contribute to the region’s focus on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) growth.
Beginning in August, students will be able to analyze data collected from precision agriculture platforms and make recommendations that will result in cost savings and an increased production yield in an environmentally conscious manner.
Precision agriculture brings together real-time data collection on weather, soil and air quality, crop maturity, equipment and labor costs, and availability, with predictive analytics to make better decisions with regard to planting, fertilizing and harvesting crops. Sensors placed throughout the fields are used to measure temperature and humidity of the soil and surrounding air. Pictures of fields are taken using satellite imagery and robotic drones.
Clark State is working closely with industry partners including the City of Springfield, the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center in Springfield and SelectTech Geospatial Advanced Manufacturing to develop the curriculum and provide hands-on learning experiences for our students and leverage the region’s strong aviation industry.