Agriculture & Horticulture | MCTC

Agriculture & Horticulture

Our Mission

In Workforce Solutions, we understand the needs of the local agriculture and horticulture based businesses are high, because they conduct the most important work in the world! We engage individuals and businesses that focus on producing products that consumers need every day. Along with local extension agencies, educational institutions, and community organizations, Carrie Taylor helps to develop and sustain activities and projects that improve the work of businesses and support educational initiatives throughout the counties we serve Horticulture.

Agriculture Vocations

If your goal is to learn about salaries related to pathways in agriculture or horticulture:                US Bureau of Labor Statistics  https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ky.htm#45-0000https://

This site includes current job postings within our region:                                                            www.indeed.com/q-Department-Agriculture-l-Kentucky-jobs.html?vjk=5c783cd1e43076d3

There are many pathways & areas of specialization related to agriculture and horticulture; some are listed here:

Business & Information Technology: Foundational business concepts and theories are critical in agrarian based businesses. Computers are necessary and there is a need for people who can offer graphic and computer-based skills, regardless of the niche or area of specialization.

Education: Educational positions can be local, private, state or federally funded (schools and universities). Some pathways may be related to farm businesses or a related field, such as: forestry, fish & wildlife, and parks and recreation.

Livestock: Cattle, sheep, hogs/pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, can all be produced for meats, milks, and eggs. Equine is also an area of specialization in parts of Kentucky and Ohio.

Crop Production: Various types of row crops are produced commercially in the state, such as soybeans, corn, and other grains. But there are also several small farms who focus on biodiversity, and they grow many vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants in their operations.

Ornamental Horticulture & Soil Science, Agronomy: Plant propagation, and plant and soil science are necessary for growers who specialize in: Nurseries (Trees & Shrubs) and Greenhouses (Herbaceous Plants). Nutrients from local or bagged plant growing mixes, come from manures or mulches used in crop production.

Designers: Landscape design and maintenance, garden centers, and floriculture can offer creative opportunities.     

Botany, Entomology, Plant Pathologists: Some vocations need individuals who have a more in-depth background in science; these individuals may pursue jobs working in labs, in education and in private industries.

Questions? Carrie Taylor, Associate Professor and Adult Agriculture Coordinator,
Workforce Solutions  606.375.1949   carriel.taylor@kctcs.edu

Community Partnerships

We offer a diversity of classes and sessions that focus on an array of farming and design elements which focus on plant production in our Maysville Greenhouse and farming topics such as cattle, livestock and forage production. Through diversification projects, many businesses within our communities can brand out and conduct a multitude of business techniques, which help individuals within the community. We assist individuals and businesses through:

  • Site-based visits for individuals or group related projects
  • Training for community-based organization and schools
  • Small business consultation and training through Community Education

Through our partnership with the Mason Count Extension Office, there are several activities/sessions available for you to attend this year.

Want more information about our programs and classes? Call or email:

Maysville Campus:
Carrie Taylor, Horticulturist (606) 759-7141 ext. 66232
Maysville Community and Technical College, Adult Agriculture Instructor

Our goal is to continually provide insight for areas of specialization relating to agriculture and horticulture, by offering educational resources to community members and  local agrarian based businesses.  We can help with: 

  1. Continuing Education Classes: These Workforce Solutions sessions may be a one time, short session, or classes may be offered in multiple sessions, such as a series of class sessions. Community members, local organizations, farm producers, and local businesses, drive these session topics. 
  2. Events and Functions: These may be within our community, or on one of the MCTC campuses: We assist individuals and groups with net-working and coordinating various events that promote local businesses, artisans, and farming families. These may include: Farmers Markets, Scholastic projects, and community leaders who oversee foodbanks, community gardens, and markets specific to our region. 
  3. Consultations are provided, free of charge, to individuals who need assistance with topics or issues relating to agriculture or horticulture. Instructors will schedule an outdoor visit, to provide insight, resources, and tips for the following categories:      
  • Livestock Management: Options for animal care, feed, distribution and marketing considerations for businesses
  • Insect and Disease Identification:  Options for control and considerations for how the controls will affect immediate environment.  IPM methods 
  • Plants (Cultivated and Weed) Identification, and Crop Management: Plant identification for woody and herbaceous plants, their uses, and how they grow,
  • Weed control, and Cover Crop plantings 
  • Gardening Landscape Design or Maintenance: Planning, implementation, and pruning practices for new or existing gardens, or small businesses
  • Marketing and Net-working options for small-mid sized businesses who want to promote and share their information with other organizations and community members

Questions? Please contact Carrie L. Taylor

Carriel.taylor@kctcs.edu 
606.759.7141 ext. 66232