American agriculture provides a third of the world’s food supply and will be called upon to significantly increase production by mid-century for an ever-hungrier world. As a student in Wilmington College’s largest major, you will become prepared to help meet that daunting challenge through a blending of academic theory and hands-on practical experience.
Our students do things! We emphasize the understanding of concepts through their application outside the classroom as the most effective way of learning. Our hands-on learning opportunities can take you from labs in our new Center for the Sciences & Agriculture to our greenhouses and 267-acre, crop and animal production farm. You’ll also have opportunities to learn how to lobby Congress on agricultural and rural life issues in Washington, D.C. and organize a judging competition that regularly attracts 1,000-plus high school students. You may even get the opportunity to study sustainable farming methods in tropical Costa Rica.
Internships help to further immerse you in your chosen concentration in agriculture and provide you with real world experience. Our faculty members offer a diverse background of education and experience, and, as mentors, they will help you develop a network of industry contacts useful in finding internships and jobs. More than 90% of our students are offered careers in agriculture by the time they graduate or shortly thereafter.
Prepares students for planning, marketing and management within the agricultural industry. Students enter careers in areas such as agricultural credit, farm business management, agricultural supply firm management and commodity marketing.
The Agricultural Communication concentration prepares students for positions with agricultural firms and businesses focusing on marketing, public relations, writing and journalism. Students also prepare to work in media production.
Agriculture Education is a dual major within the departments of Agriculture and Education.
Prepares students for agricultural professions in the areas of soil science, crop science, soil and water conservation, agricultural biochemistry and basic research.
Prepares students for career opportunities as head managers, field representatives, managers of livestock enterprises, livestock buyers or related meat industry positions.
For transfer students
The Plant, Environmental, and Soil Science concentration is designed for transfer students from Clark State Community College, Agricultural Technical Institute – The Ohio State University, and Southern State Community Colleges who have completed an Associate of Applied Science or a two-year technical degree in an area related to Agriculture, Horticulture, Natural Resources, or Environmental Studies with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
“Wilmington’s agriculture program prepared me to succeed not only in the agriculture field, but also in the larger business community by focusing on the applied side of a degree. My Wilmington experience and connections opened doors that I didn’t even know existed.”
– Linda S. ’92, Senior Scientist, Procter & Gamble
Each fall, Wilmington College’s Agriculture Department sends a delegation of students to Washington, D.C., to learn about citizen lobbying. This year, a group of 25 freshmen to senior students focused their lobby efforts on the topic of protecting pollinators. The trip prepared students for more in-depth lobbying experiences and gave them confidence to communicate with the officials they elect.
At the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) headquarters, Jim Cason, associate executive secretary for strategic advocacy, spoke to students about the basics of the lobbying process. He explained the fundamentals of meeting with their representatives — from introducing themselves to formulating a succinct request for legislative action He also spoke about FCNL’s mission to promote a “just world.
With over 1,100 students attending Wilmington College in Clinton County, the College of Agriculture stands out as one of the largest areas of study on campus. The school has recently rejuvenated the Wilmington College Collegiate Farm Bureau program to encourage students to join Ohio Farm Bureau while getting their education. This gives students a chance to participate in Farm Bureau activities without making the trip to their home counties for every meeting.