Agriculture & Horticulture | MCTC

Agriculture & Horticulture

Our Mission

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

Salaries
related to pathways in agriculture/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 these professions. Some include:

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, educational institutions and in state or private industries.

Questions? Carrie Taylor, Associate Professor and Adult Agriculture Instructor,
Workforce Solutions  606.759.7141 Ext. 66232   carriel.taylor@kctcs.edu

 

Adult Agriculture Instructor, Workforce Solutions 

As an Adult Agriculture Instructor for MCTCS, I assist individuals and farm-based businesses in three ways:

  1. Continuing Education Classes: Community members and farm producers determine the topics for these classes, which range from a few hours to multiple sessions. Some topics include livestock and crop production, insect and disease management, soil health, and business management.     
  2. Events and Functions: Community events and functions promote awareness for farm-based businesses. We partner with local educational leaders to promote agrarian based celebrations such as: farmers markets, farm to table events, and community garden projects.
  3. Consultations: These are provided, free of charge, to individuals who need assistance with topics relating to agriculture or horticulture projects. Do you have a question related to plant or livestock production, soils, or insects and diseases? Just schedule a visit and we’ll provide practical information, resources and tips!     

 

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

Questions? Please contact Carrie L. Taylor

Carriel.taylor@kctcs.edu 
606.759.7141 ext. 66232