Those with a bachelor’s degree can take UF/IFAS’s Fertilizer Science and Technology Graduate Certificate Program online.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is now offering a certificate program aimed at those wanting to improve their nutrient management knowledge. The certificate program is for agricultural professionals with a bachelor’s degree and can be completed online, according to a Florida Grower article. Explore the details below.

Details of the Fertilizer Science and Technology Graduate Certificate Program

Kelly Morgan, a UF/IFAS professor of soil fertility and water management, said in the article, “The certificate program is called Fertilizer Science and Technology, offered completely online at the student’s pace and oriented to growers, consultants, suppliers and regulators.” The certificate is offered through the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water and Ecosystem Sciences and allows students to complete it on their own timeline. Topics covered include:

  • Soil nutrient interactions
  • Irrigation effects of nutrient leaching
  • Improved interpretation of soil test-based fertilizer recommendations
  • Technology-based fertilizer formulations to reduce environmental impacts of agriculture

The program requires four classes for 12 credit hours, three set classes and one elective. The classes are:

  1. Environmental nutrient management.
  2. Soil nutrient diagnostics for ag production.
  3. Fertilizer technology, production, and use.

The elective choices are:

  • Environmental soil, water and land use
  • Soil quality
  • Environmental crop nutrition
  • Nutrition of horticultural crops

The credits earned in the certificate can be used towards a Master of Science degree in the future.

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