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Farmer Experiential Education and Development

Cal Poly’s F.E.E.D. is an intensive 12-week certificate program designed to immerse participants in a hands-on learning experience that will introduce them to the knowledge and basic skills of farming while also providing mentoring support to create a foundation for long-term success in agriculture and related industries.

The first cohort of F.E.E.D. is tentatively scheduled for 12 weeks beginning September 12 through December 8, 2017. The expected cost is $6,000, pending formal campus approvals. This cost does not include room and board.

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F.E.E.D. is approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs, which allows military veterans to apply their Post 9/11 GI Bill or Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation. If you are an eligible veteran, please follow the link to apply for VA Benefits: For additional information about veteran services, please visit Cal Poly's Veteran Success Center.

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FEED Courses

Course NBR Course Title Units Short Description
AG 339 Internship in Agriculture 4 Selected students will spend up to 12 weeks with an approved agricultural firm engaged in production or related business. Time will be spent applying and developing production and managerial skills and abilities. One unit of credit may be allowed for each full week of completed and reported internship.
AGB 322 Principles of Agribusiness Management 4 Organization and operation of agribusinesses. Identification of factors affecting profitability. Evaluation of the business for increased efficiency and profit. Application of budgeting to representative firms and independent analysis of an agribusiness.
BRAE 141 Agricultural Machinery Safety 3 Evaluation of safe tractor and equipment operation. Supervised field operation emphasizing the safe and efficient performance of modern farm and utility-industrial equipment.
SS 131 Soils in Environmental and Agricultural Systems 4 Soils' ecological functions; soil and the water cycle; soil in production of food, fiber, and forest materials; techniques and reports of soil analyses with agricultural and environmental applications; soil quality; introductory overview of soils and civilizations.

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Workshop Description
Basic Soil, Plant and Water Relationships Soil texture and structure, water holding capacity, retention, intake rates, evaporation, transpiration, soil classification, measurement of soil moisture and tension.
Irrigation Scheduling, Salinity and Drainage ETo and crop coefficients, practical irrigation scheduling, how efficiency and uniformity influence scheduling, drainage concepts and layouts, salinity, leaching reqeuirements, reclamation. (Suggested prerequisite: Basic Soil, Plant & Water Relationships)

Additional topics will be covered outside of the formal academic courses including hydroponic and greenhouse production, traditional row crop production, and orchard production through hands-on experiences in the internship course, farm tours, and guest speaker appearances from industry experts.

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