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Agriculture and Food Production - Diploma

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
80 weeks
Diploma / certificate
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Agriculture and Food Production - Diploma

With the worlds population at 7.9 billion people and growing, food security is becoming a critical issue. As one of the worlds 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—its 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 - Diploma program can help launch your career.

The three-year Agriculture and Food Production - Diploma diploma program is offered at the Moose Jaw campus and includes three paid co-operative education work terms. Youll get the foundational, technical, environmental and managerial knowledge you need to succeed in the evolving agriculture industry. In classes and hands-on labs, youll 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 diploma gives you, hands-on learning in three co-operative education work terms. Co-op work terms are paid, so youll earn while you learn. Saskatchewan Polytechnic arranges your interviews; its up to you to shine. Its 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.

Admission requirements

  • Grade 12 with any 30-level math
  • English Language Requirement

Meeting English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

The following tests are available at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Test Centres.

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic Module

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program delivery

  • 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.


The Tuition fees for 2022/23 Academic Year: $5,420

Please visit the school website for more information about tuition fees



Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

Career paths

The Agriculture and Food Production - Diploma program opens many career doors. Use your skill set to run the show as a farm operator, manager or supervisor. Work your way up at a large-scale operation, join the family farm or build your own operation—farm, ranch, apiary, market garden or orchard.

Choose a career in the high-demand sector of crop and livestock production, management and logistics or in precision and smart agriculture. Explore opportunities in grain buying, marketing and transport, elevator or grain terminal operation, input sales, implement sales and marketing or agricultural research. Become an agricultural specialist in banking, finance or crop insurance.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized around the world for our international engagement and development projects. With campuses located in the province's four largest cities (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon), and through extensive distance education opportunities, we offer career-focused, applied education...

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

1130 Idylwyld Dr.
S7K 3R5 Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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