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Spring 2021: January 11 – May 7, 2021

Professional Certificate

Two units: Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) may earn 3 Crop Management and 2 Pest Management CEUs for this module.


Don Lee


Noncredit Professional Development


This online mini-module is designed to provide agronomy, seed and agribusiness professionals an understanding of the genetic basis for variation observed among agronomic crops and weed populations, and explore its relationship to the development of new traits in crop varieties. Agribusiness professionals learn how to explain variation observed in plant families and populations using classical and molecular genetic principles using whole-plant trait observations and molecular analysis. Learners explore the information through several genetic studies on crop and weed species. 


Lectures have been recorded and learners may view the taped, archived lectures online.


High-speed Internet access with an updated browser, email, and ability to view videos.


None. All materials will be made available via the Internet on Canvas or Campus eXtension Online. Please contact Leah Sandall at or 402-472-9295 to request a Canvas username or access to the Campus eXtension Online module.


Coursework in plant science, genetics and/or biology and enrollment in the Plant Breeding & Genetics professional certificate.


Noncredit Professional Development Module: $490 total cost

Who It's For:

Among those who would benefit from taking this module are:

  • Plant Breeding & Genetics professional development certificate learners
  • Certified professional agronomists and crop consultants (Certified Crop Advisors, CCAs, may earn 3 Crop Management and 2 Pest Management CEUs for this module.)
  • Seed industry personnel
  • Food industry personnel
  • Extension educators, agents and specialists
  • Producers