Farm Operations and Management

Agriculture serves a critical need for our country. With technology advancements, it's a job market that promises to change in the coming years.

Career opportunities

Include livestock breeding and management (swine, beef, dairy, poultry), facility and equipment maintenance, agriculture sales, crop protection, precision agriculture, pesticide and fertilizer application, feedmill operation, soil sampling and crop scouting, operations and team leadership, and much more!.

Pro-Tech will teach you to manage crops and resources responsibly, oversee operations, buy, sell, protect and scout crops, and adhere to national standards in livestock handling and breeding.

Course load

Pro-Tech courses blend hands-on learning with a strong biblical foundation and workplace skills that will make you a better communicator, collaborator, and management lead.

Your course load also includes an paid internship in every semester so that you can gain valuable work experience and find the agriculture operations career path that matches your interests and gifts. Details on course and semester credits appear in the two-year plan.

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Tom Colarossi

Tom Colarossi
Pro-Tech Instructor of Farm Operations & Management

SB 1622
(712) 722-6244
Tom.Colarossi@dordt.edu

Kyle Dahl

Kyle Dahl
Associate Professor of Agriculture

SB 1618
(712) 722-6378
Kyle.Dahl@dordt.edu

Dr. Spring Dahl

Dr. Spring Dahl
Associate Professor of Agriculture

SB 1616
(712) 722-6275
Spring.Dahl@dordt.edu

Hometown

Sioux Center, Iowa

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Kayla Franken is from Sioux Center and farming is in her blood. She grew up helping on the family farm with her grandparents, parents, uncles, and cousins at City View Farms. Kayla was not always fond of school, but the Pro-Tech Farm Operations program drew her in because of the internship opportunities and because a two-year program meant that she would be entering the workforce sooner. The broadness of the classes also appeals to Kayla, “There is a little bit of everything to prepare you for the agricultural industry.”

Kayla’s favorite part of Pro-Tech is her internship. When asked why, she said, “I love having the chance to expand my knowledge along with expanding my contacts around the area.” It’s no surprise that Kayla enjoys her internship at Dykstra Dairy, located near Maurice, IA. With around 4,000 cows and heifers there are endless opportunities for her to learn. She has been working most with the cows; milking, treating the hospital cows, and helping with pregnancy checks. But Kayla says her favorite part so far is learning the computer program at the dairy that documents all of the information on all the animals.

Life after Pro-Tech for Kayla will hopefully involve a lot more cows. She would like to continue work at a local dairy for several years, soaking up as much knowledge as she can. Her ultimate goal is to work on the family farm alongside her grandparents, parents, uncles, and cousins.

Hometown

Wheatfield, Indiana

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

“What drew me to this program were the hands-on opportunities and less classroom time,” says Renae. “My favorite part is getting to know the people and learn things outside the classroom that would otherwise be hard to learn inside with a whiteboard and instructor.”

In her first year in Pro-Tech, Renae worked with cattle at a local agriculture facility. Now in her second year as a Pro-Tech student, she has honed her skills working at Cooperative Farmers Elevator (CFE).

“I unload corn when farmers bring it in during harvest, help run the dryer late at night, answer phones sometimes, help in the feed mill making buckets, and unload fertilizer trucks,” she says.

Renae says she is thankful for the internship opportunity.

“The internships are what make this program so different than others. Having the internship experience along with your schooling gives me more of a perspective on the career I might want to have someday.”

Hometown

Longmont, Colorado

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Ivan is studying farm operations and management in Dordt’s Pro-Tech program. Ivan grew up on a farm in Longmont, Colorado, so interning at a local dairy is familiar territory for him.

“My favorite part about Pro-Tech is that I get to see new ideas and can bring them back home and discuss them with my parents,” says Ivan. “I love being able to brainstorm business ideas about agriculture.”

Through his internship at Summit Dairy, Ivan has explored many facets of the dairy business. He’s only in his first year in the Pro-Tech program, but he’s already learned a lot.

“My boss has allowed me to talk with the veterinarian, banker, seed representative, nutritionist, and herd genetics representative,” says Ivan. “On any given day, I could be doing anything from cleaning water troughs or milking to sorting and vaccinating cows.”

By living on Dordt’s campus, Ivan has had the chance to get involved and meet new friends. “Living on campus means I can always be around people, have easy access to Bible study groups, Praise and Worship, study groups, and the gym,” he says. “It’s also a lot of fun to be involved in the pranks that go on in the dorms, participate in intramural sports, and my favorite part: watch the Defenders tear it up on the fields and out on the court.”

Ivan says that his faith has also grown while he’s been on Dordt’s campus. “The largest part of my spiritual growth at Dordt has been because of the Bible studies,” he says. “There have been more than a few times when someone has shown me something in the Bible that I didn't see before, or been able to pray for me when I really needed it.”

Watch this news spot to learn more about Ivan's internship experience.