Agricultural Studies

Welcome to the Agricultural Studies Program at Owensboro Community and Technical College! Are you a farmer looking to expand your education? Are you someone considering agriculture but not sure where to start? Are you ready to begin your own farm but need an intensive new farmer training program to get you started? Or are you interested in working in the agriculture industry without farming yourself? No matter what your career goals are, if you desire a fulfilling career in agriculture you have come to the right place!

What Degree Does OCTC Offer?

Our new agriculture program is geared toward preparing every current, new, beginning, or potential farmer or member of the agriculture industry to have the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to enter this dynamic and exciting career field. When you graduate from OCTC, you will have an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Agricultural Studies. Your path of study will be specific to the type of work you want to do in the agriculture field.

We offer two tracks within the agriculture program: Production Agriculture Operations and Food and Farm Management. The Production Agriculture Operations Track provides training in large scale, commercial production agriculture businesses, while the Food and Farm Management Track emphasizes diversified agriculture and is designed for the entrepreneurial and beginning farmer. This track also includes a residential diversified farmer training option. See the links for each of these tracks in the list on the left to learn more!

Why Choose Agriculture?

Everyone enjoys eating, having a place to call home, and having clothes to wear. Agriculture plays a role in that and so much more! It is an ever-growing and ever-changing exciting career field that is here to stay. Did you know that the average age of the American farmer is approaching 60? Many wonder who will fill their shoes. The answer is YOU! America needs more people who are educated in the agricultural industry. YOU could fill that growing need! Do you enjoy going to your local farmers market or eating local food in an area restaurant? YOU could be the next local food farmer for your area!

Why Choose OCTC?

There are very few 2-year institutions nationwide and none in Kentucky that have the level of training and commitment to hands-on education that you will find here at OCTC. We have restructured our agriculture curriculum to provide you with the most current and industry-specific skills and knowledge that you need to succeed. Courses in a variety of subjects will prepare you for the wide range of agriculture career opportunities. Topics include plant production, animal production, soil health, business management, record keeping, mechanics, welding, electricity, and so much more! Please click on the links to the specific tracks in the list on the left to learn about the specific curriculum in each track.

We met with local farmers, extension agents, industry personnel, and educators to make sure our education met the high standards that the industry demands. We are working with these same producers, extension agents, farmers markets, and industry leaders to provide hands-on opportunities to learn from those who have been successful in their fields. Located in the heart of Daviess County, one of the most agriculturally-rich areas of Kentucky, we are working with a local non-profit organization to develop a diversified farm run solely by OCTC agriculture students, with the support of their instructors. We are developing a residential farmer training program for those who have dreamed about becoming a farmer but didnt know where to start. New and exciting things are happening at OCTC and we welcome you to be a part of it! We are proud to be on the forefront of agriculture training and new farmer development!

What Can I Do With My Degree?

There are so many opportunities after graduating from OCTC with an AAS in Agricultural Studies! Here are just a few options.

  • Farmer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Agriculture Advocate
  • Sales (seed, chemicals, equipment, supplies) representative
  • Laboratory technician
  • Greenhouse technician
  • Local Agriculture Extension office
  • NRCS technician
  • Custom Applicators
  • Livestock technicians
  • Grain Elevator Management
  • Transportation
  • Precision Agriculture Operator
  • Food Processing
  • Crop Scouting
  • Animal Breeding Assistant
  • Agriculture credit/loan officers
  • Agriculture Inspector
  • Farmers Market manager
  • Transfer to a 4-year school to continue your education for additional opportunities like education, research, law, communications, livestock medicine

For additional information, please contact Kathy Hoffman at or (270) 686-4643.