Agriculture Studies | OCTC

Agriculture Studies

Grow your knowledge by studying agriculture. You’ll explore sustainable and organic methods, plant science, field management, equipment maintenance and animal care.

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What is Agriculture 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!

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!

What are my career choices?

Graduates will seek job opportunities on commercial farms and businesses related to the agriculture industry. Positions are largely in commercial farming, family farming, farm supply, implement companies, landscaping and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

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!


For course sequence, see the program card.
For graduation requirements, see the academic plan.

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Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Kathy Hoffman


Dept. Head