College program sows confidence for a career in agriculture

McHenry County College’s Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program has had a significant impact on students and the community since its inception just two years ago. Through a combination of food production training, business education, and connections with local producers, the program prepares both degree-seeking students and food and agriculture innovators for a prosperous and rewarding future in the economy. regional food.

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in the farm-to-table movement and people wanting to know where their food comes from,” said Garrett Beier, director of the Department of Agriculture and of entrepreneurial horticulture at the MCC. “Many people in our community come from an agricultural background but need business courses to help them market their products or have an interest in food/agriculture but need formal training on the process growth and industry.”

For those who think this type of career might be right for them, Beier suggests a few introductory courses, including Introduction to Agriculture, Introductory Agriculture Internship, and Plant Science. “Students who choose this major could pursue careers in many areas of agriculture, including crops, animal husbandry, food production, and more,” Beier said. “It’s a great place to start if you think something like this might interest you but aren’t sure what specific area yet.”

On the horticulture side, the college offers courses in landscape and floral design as well as a new course, Specialty Crops, which will introduce students to mushroom, hop and fruit production.

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