Get a Head Start in the Field

Photo of farmer inspecting crop

Farming and agricultural services are among Southern Minnesota’s strongest industries and South Central College offers a quick-start program that helps people with interest in the farming profession get started.  Two surveys of regional companies indicate a need for skilled individuals to replace retiring individuals. Companies are looking for talented individuals with both agronomy and business skills to fill their employment needs. The Agribusiness Agronomy Certificate provides an ideal entry into plant and soil career pathways.

People new to the ag industry will benefit from this short-term program that includes the basics of agricultural commerce, theory, operations, and technology.

With smaller class sizes, affordable tuition and experienced instructors, South Central College is a great place to learn.

Career Options

  • Fertilizer Facility Operator
  • Assistant Agronomy Operations Manager
  • Custom Applicator
  • Sales Trainee
  • Crop Insurance Agent
  • Seed Sales Representative
  • Site Manager Trainee
  • Agronomy Sales Associate
  • Account Manager Trainee

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Faculty Spotlight - AgSpark Agronomy

Pete Neigebauer
Pete Neigebauer
Pete Neigebauer has been a part of the South Central Agribusiness staff since 1989. Prior to teaching at the College, Pete taught high school agriculture and adult farm management for eleven years. Pete’s teaching responsibilities include courses in Farm Business Planning and Analysis, Agribusiness Financial Management, Agricultural Equipment, as well as a variety of Swine Production courses. Pete has traveled extensively internationally working with several agricultural groups such as Cochran Fellows, CHF and Land O Lakes International, and Minnesota Department of agriculture. He has consulted with individuals from 20 different countries related to various production agriculture systems. Pete and his family live on a small farm near New Ulm, Minnesota.
Education:B.S., University of Minnesota - M.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato
North Mankato Phone::(507) 389-7290
North Mankato Office:E-134
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