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Agriculture:

Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants and fungi for food, fiber, biofuel, medicinal plants and other products used to sustain and enhance human life. Agriculture was the key development in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization.


Local Professional Profile: $20 – $25/hour (average entry level wage)

JULIETTE KING - Project Manager at King Orchards Michigan State University - Bachelor of Science in Horticulture & Agribusiness Management

JULIETTE KING – Project Manager at King Orchards Michigan State University – Bachelor of Science in Horticulture & Agribusiness Management

“If I could give one piece of advice, it would be to work in the field through internships or summer jobs to try different jobs out and see what interests you while getting a better feel for the industry while you’re in school if you can.”

  • DAILY TASKS
    – Work with Food Management Safety Programs
    – Supervise water testing
    – Train new employees
    – Make sure all paperwork is up-to-date
    – Handle nancial tasks like crop insurance and harvest records
    – Prepare all export paperwork
    – Manage bottling production
  • CAREER JOURNEY
    – Graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture & Agribusiness Management
    – Worked for a fresh produce wholesaler in Chicago, IL
    – Worked for Nielsen Perishables Group (marketing firm that consults with fresh food companies)
    – Moved back to Central Lake, MI in 2014 and began working with the family business

Local Student Profile:

TRENTON DROGT - Senior in the Agriculture and Natural Resources CTE Program Ellsworth High School

TRENTON DROGT – Senior in the Agriculture and Natural Resources CTE Program
Ellsworth High School

“I’ve learned from this agriculture program that not
everything is textbook learning – that sometimes it is best to
learn things hands on. FFA (Future Farmers of America) is a
huge part of agriculture and this program, which helps us to
learn how to lead in society as agricultural
students and workers.”

 

 

  • THINGS YOU’LL LEARN
    – Agricultural Business and Finance
    – Agricultural Mechanics and Technology
    – Advanced Life Sciences
    – Animal Science
    – Food Science
    – Horticultural Science
    – Forestry and Natural Resources
    – Plant and Soil Science
    – Sustainable Energy Alternatives
  • POST GRADUATE PREPARATION
    – Record-keeping, organization, management, finance and
    responsibility through FFA (Future Farmers of America
    – Understanding the importance of agriculture, acquiring
    leadership, knowledge, teamwork and dedication skills

Agriculture Programs in the Area:

Grape Growing and Wine Making – (CD) – North Central Michigan College

Landscape & Nursery – (AAS) – North Central Michigan College

Applied Plant Science with MSU – (AAS) – North Central Michigan College

Viticulture and Enology – (C) – North Central Michigan College

Viticulture and Enology – (AAS) – North Central Michigan College

Agriculture Technology – (AAS) – Baker College – Cadillac

Along with higher education facilities, our local school systems offer the following Career and Technical Education programs:

Agriscience and Natural Resources – (CTE) – Char-Em ISD


CTE – Career and Technical Education
C – Certificate
CD – Certificate of Development
AAS – Associate of Applied Science


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