The University of Manitoba is going to be updating its two-year Agriculture Diploma Program.

Dr. Karin Wittenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, says the change will come into effect in September of 2018.

She notes there are various aspects of the course that will be revised going forward.

Dr. Karin Wittenberg

"That includes helping our students understand how to select and apply appropriate technology tools. We hear about AI and machine learning and the use of sensors and drones and really we needed to include more of an understanding of how one uses these kinds of technologies in the workplace."

Wittenberg adds the new program will also focus on farm diversity such as value added and less traditional programs such as horticulture and urban farming.

She says the course will maintain and strengthen its farm management planning components.

The last time the two-year Agriculture Diploma Program was updated was back in the year 2000.

Up next, the University of Manitoba will start to review its 4-year Agriculture Degree Programs.