An introductory precision agriculture short course will be offered Aug. 12-14 by the Farm of the Future at West Hills Community College.

This course is designed to educate the agricultural community on the fundamentals of precision agriculture technology. These fundamentals, in addition to hands on use of global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS), will give agriculturists the tools to improve farm management practices.

Agriculturists will gain knowledge on a broad spectrum of precision agriculture including key factors, terminology and common uses and myths. This coupled with the hands-on use of a wide range of equipment will allow agriculturists to ask informed questions when purchasing equipment or services.

The precision agriculture short course offered by Farm of the Future at the community college will be held in Coalinga, Calif., from 7 a.m. until Noon. Eighteen hours of continuing PCA credits, as well as one unit of crop science credit, are available for the participants. This course is available to the public for $250. Space is limited to the first 16 deposits.