With the world’s population at 7.9 billion people and growing, food security is becoming a critical issue. As one of the world’s most reliable producers of high-quality grains, oilseeds and pulse crops, Saskatchewan plays an important role in feeding the world. We have a long history of agricultural innovation, from pioneering zero tillage to implementing GPS-guided machinery and now AI-driven crop management.
Agriculture is about more than growing food—it’s about growing food sustainably, managing land and resources, understanding commodity trends and staying up to date on technology. Whether you enjoy being on the land, working with animals, figuring out logistics or working in finance, the new Agriculture and Food Production program can help launch your career.
The three-year Agriculture and Food Production diploma program is offered at the Moose Jaw campus and includes three paid co-operative education work terms. You’ll get the foundational, technical, environmental and managerial knowledge you need to succeed in the evolving agriculture industry. In classes and hands-on labs, you’ll develop practical skills in:
- Agricultural technology, including innovations in precision agriculture, global positioning, IoT devices, grain handling/storage/conveyance, food security and AI
- Agriculture machinery, including general familiarity with the operation of tillage, seeding, spraying, harvest, haying and other standard ag equipment
- Farm management, including business applications, financial record keeping, agricultural economics, commodity marketing, Indigenous resource rights, leadership and globalization
- Production and land management, including crop production, beef cattle production, weed and insect control, soil and crop nutrition, yield management and rangeland management
- Sustainability, including water management, meteorology, apiculture and environmental sustainability
The Co-op Work Term Advantage
The Agriculture and Food Production diploma gives you, hands-on learning in three co-operative education work terms. Co-op work terms are paid, so you’ll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; it’s up to you to shine. It’s also a chance to develop important “soft skills” in job interviewing, professional attitude, interpersonal communication and more.
Many of our co-op employers require both a valid Saskatchewan Driver's License and a clean Driver's Abstract. For international students, it can take up to 12 months to obtain a Driver's license; therefore, it is to your advantage to come with a Driver's License from your home country if possible.
Some co-op work placements require a Criminal Record Check and/or drug and alcohol testing.
- 30 students are accepted each year.
- You will participate in lectures, labs and project work at Moose Jaw campus.
- Classes and labs take 24–25 hours per week.
- Expect to spend the same amount of time on homework and self-directed study.
- Effectively managing your work time is important to your success.
- You will get hands-on experience with agricultural machinery and field plot space.
- Actual “seat time” on agricultural machinery will familiarize you with modern ag technology, including AI
- You will participate in three paid co-operative work terms.
- You will complete a capstone project that requires coordination and working with others.