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Tropical Farming Certificate

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Phone: (808) 932-7038

The Tropical Farming Certificate provides a pathway to a career in agriculture and a potential link to further educational opportunities. In addition to the standard offering of classes at the UH Hilo main campus, courses will be periodically taught at off-campus agricultural facilities of the University of Hawaii System and other cooperators when funding is available from educational and rural development grants and other sources.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competence with both laboratory and field-based techniques used in modern tropical agricultural production systems.
  2. Understand how global issues including climate change, energy use, chemical use, water availability and food safety impact sustainability of agricultural systems.
  3. Apply principles of business, marketing and management to an agricultural enterprise in developing the various components of a business plan.
  4. Describe and assess the influence of plant and (or) animal production systems and their management on environmental sustainability and restoration.
  5. Demonstrate an appreciation and an ability to communicate the diverse impacts of agriculture on humankind.


  • AG 205  Value Added Ag Products (3) or  FDSC 201  Man's Food (3)
  • AG 215  Agro-Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • AG 230  Sustainable Agriculture (3)
  • AG 290  Stud Mgt Farm Enterp Prj (3) or AG 291 Directed Work Experience Pgm (3)
  • AGEC 330  Farm Management (3)
  • AGEN 301  Farm Power (3)
  • HORT 262  Princ Of Hort (3)

Total: 21 semester hours

Rev. 3/19/13