Farm Operations and Management

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Agriculture serves as a critical need for our country. With technological 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, feed mill operation, soil sampling, crop scouting, operations, team leadership, and 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.

Farm Operations and management at dordt

Be challenged. Be changed.



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 a paid internship 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.

Dale Vos

Dale Vos
Pro-Tech Instructor of Farm Operations & Management
Department Chair

SB 1622
(712) 722-6244


Lynden, Washington

Favorite Class

My internship

A Concept That Blew My Mind

I took a precision agriculture class second semester of my sophomore year, and I learned a lot about GPS in the agriculture industry. That is something I never knew much about, but it absolutely blew me away. Pretty soon there are going to be tractors out in the fields with no one driving them, all controlled from the touch of a button on your phone. 

Cool Things I Did At Dordt

I have done many cool things here in Iowa, from fishing and hunting to working on different dairies, feedlot, and other jobs. I was on the lacrosse team for two years, and I was on the trap shooting team.

Obstacles I've overcome

Trying to balance school and work all while working at an internship and other jobs. Doing that while trying to have a social life, hang out with friends, and create memories is not an easy task.

Who I Was When i came to dordt

I was not a big fan of school or sitting in a classroom. I really liked to work with my hands and be on a dairy farm, I was not afraid to make friends, and I liked to have fun.

How Dordt Impacted Me

I have learned many things while being in the classroom. The people I have met have impacted my life greatly, too. Most importantly, I am definitely leaving Dordt with a stronger sense of who I am and how I serve the Lord.

What's Next for you

I plan to go home to work on my dairy this summer as well as for commercial fishing in Bristol Bay for my sixth year. After that, I plan to move to the Czech Republic to work on my cousins' 900 cow dairy where they process their own milk and make it into cheese and cream. They also run a vineyard. I see myself in the dairy industry for a long time coming; it’s what I know, and it is truly my favorite passion in life.

What I would tell prospective students

The community was one of the best things about coming to Dordt. The friendships that I’ve made with fellow students and people in the community is something that I will have for the rest of my life, and I am very very thankful for.

How Dordt helped me do more

Now that I have graduated, Dordt has shown me how to take an extra step into being a Christlike figure in the dairy industry. It is not an easy task to do, but I think it is a very important.


Granville, Iowa


“I chose Pro-Tech because of the ability to work and to get an education at the same time,” says David Grady. “My professors have been great and very knowledgeable.”

David is in his first year in the Pro-Tech program, studying Farm Operations and Management. When he graduates, he would like to either work at Agrivision or to farm.

He currently has an internship at Agrivision in Paulina.

“I’ve worked parts and currently am working as a service tech. I have worked with many new tools, and a range of old to new equipment.”

David has appreciated the academics, internship, and social aspect experiences he has experienced at Dordt.

“My favorite part has been working and going to school and learning more about other farm operations from friends.”


Wheatfield, Indiana


“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.”


Longmont, Colorado


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.”