Agriculture Horticulture Production

Wallace State’s Agriculture/Horticulture Production program offers practical training for jobs in landscaping, forestry service, conservation, farming, nursery, agriscience education, and more. A new option in sustainable agriculture and a 2+2 Poultry Science option with Auburn University increases opportunities for students.

Admission Requirements and Curriculum

Agricultural Production/Sustainable Agriculture Degree

(related: Poultry Science 2+2, Small Farmer Training

About the Program

Wallace State's Agricultural Production and Sustainable Agriculture programs are designed to prepare students for various jobs in local agriculture, business, and industry. 

Students may find jobs in areas such as landscaping, forestry, aquaculture operations, conservation, and farming. Other potential opportunities include managing or owning a farm, greenhouse or nursery. Work in this field is largely seasonal with spring and summer being the busiest times of the year. Agriculture and forestry attract people who enjoy working outdoors and living an independent lifestyle. For many, the wide-open physical expanse and the variability of day-to-day work provide benefits that offset the sometimes hard labor and the risks associated with unseasonable or extreme weather.

Agricultural managers manage the day-to-day activities of one or more farms, ranches, nurseries, timber tracts, greenhouses, and other agricultural establishments. These managers usually determine the best time to plant seed, apply fertilizer and chemicals, and harvest and market the crops.

Sustainable agriculture allows individuals to grow fruits and vegetables organically, using high tunnel greenhouses to cultivate produce year round. For instance, instead of planting one garden a year, the high tunnel greenhouses can yield three gardens a year.  In addition to high tunnel greenhouses, a hydroponics greenhouse and a fruit orchard have been added to campus. The hydroponics greenhouse allows plants to grow in a nutrient solution instead of from the soil.

Poultry 22Poultry Science 2+2 Program InformationAuburn logo

Students in the program will complete their freshman and sophomore years at Wallace State and their junior and senior years at Auburn University, completing a bachelor’s degree in poultry science. Click the link above for more information.

 

 

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, jobs for landscaping and groundskeeping workers are expected to increase by 12.4% through 2022 due to an increased demand for landscaping services. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics) According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the total and direct employment impact in food and related products is approximately 146,000 jobs statewide. Among these jobs, Cullman County, where Wallace State is located, ranks first in poultry and egg production and second in vegetable and melon farming. One of every 4.6 jobs in Alabama is related to agriculture, forestry or a related industry.

Program Overview

Agriculture Horticulture Production


Degrees/Awards Offered

AAS, C, STC


Availability

  • Day

Agricultural Production/Sustainable Agriculture


Curriculum: Program of Study

Pathway Maps: Associate in Applied Science, Certificates

 

Career Outlook

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