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Agriculture

American agriculture provides a third of the world’s food supply and will be called upon to significantly increase production by midcentury 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 blend of academic theory and hands-on practical experience.

Hands-On Learning

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 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.

A Day in the Life of an Agricultural Communications Major

Concentrations

Wilmington College offers six Agriculture concentrations, two minors (Agriculture and Sustainability), and a Political Science major with a concentration in Food Policy & Agriculture Advocacy.

Agriculture Business

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.


Agriculture Communication

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

Agriculture Education is a dual major within the departments of Agriculture and Education.

Agronomy

Prepares students for agricultural professions in the areas of soil science, crop science, soil and water conservation, agricultural biochemistry and basic research.


Animal Science

Prepares students for career opportunities as head managers, field representatives, managers of livestock enterprises, livestock buyers or related meat industry positions.


Plant, Environmental & Soil Science

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

Livestock Judging

63rd Annual Aggies’ Livestock Judging Contest

The WC Aggies hosted their annual Livestock Judging Contest virtually on March 3, attracting a whopping 2,111 contestants — a 66 percent increase over last year’s record 1,402 participants — from Ohio and neighboring states to as far away as Idaho.
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Student Experience

Tia LouisoMy name’s Tia Louiso and I’m a senior, double majoring in Education Studies and Agriculture with a concentration in Agronomy and I will be graduating in May! While at WC, I have been able to be a part of many organizations and participate regularly in community service activities. I’ve also been able to meet people who will be in my corner for life thanks to Wilmington. Some of the organizations I have been a part of are: Gamma Beta Eta Lil Sis, (previously Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis), the Agricultural Education Society, the Peer Mentorship program, and Aggies. These organizations helped me find my passions and really made Wilmington feel even more like home! After graduation, I plan to join New York FFA Camp to teach outdoor education to students. I am so thankful for the opportunities that Wilmington College has provided me and this experience will be something I will always be grateful for!

 


Kathryn Easter

Hi! I’m Katie Easter and I am currently a junior studying Agricultural Communications. I chose Wilmington College because it was the best fit for me. Coming from a small town and high school, I love the small campus and close community that Wilmington has. I also loved the personalized experiences that are offered at WC and have had many amazing opportunities during my time at Wilmington. On campus I am a cheerleader, I am involved in the Peer Mentorship program, a member of Aggies & Collegiate Farm Bureau, Delta Tau Alpha (Agriculture Honor Society), and Gamma Beta Eta Lil Sis (previously Delta Theta Sigma Lil Sis). These organizations have helped me find my place on campus and create lifelong memories and friendships. I am so grateful to have found my home at WC!

 


Abby RuthHello! My name is Abby Ruth and I am a senior studying Agricultural Business and Communication Arts. My time at Wilmington has been an amazing experience thanks to my involvement in Sigma Alpha Agricultural Sorority, Delight Ministries, Collegiate 4-H/Aggies, Women in Ag, Delta Tau Alpha Agricultural Honor Society, and many others along the way. During the past three years, I have been able to grow in so many ways thanks to all the opportunities the College has to offer! After graduation, I will be moving back home and working for Kalmbach Feeds and will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the company as part of their Jumpstart Leadership Program. If it weren’t for WC, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today! I have found not just friends, but family here and will never lose touch with any of them. Wilmington is my second home and I will forever be a Fightin’ Quaker!

 


Bryan MillerHey everyone, my name is Bryan Miller! I will be graduating in May with a degree in Agriculture with a concentration in Ag business and a minor in Business Administration. My junior year of high school I stepped on campus for the first time and within five minutes I told my mom this is where I would go to college. My admission counselor along with the other faculty and staff made the decision easy. Talking with friends from other institutions, the culture and atmosphere at Wilmington is simply different. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime and memories that are priceless. In my time at WC I have had the opportunity to network with industry leaders, learn real life skills outside of the classroom, and join organizations that have led to amazing friendships and opportunities. When not in the classroom or with my friends, you can find me working in the Office of Admission as a Student Ambassador meeting prospective families everyday and sharing why my experiences at WC embody how Wilmington College separates itself from other institutions!

 


 

TaylorMy name is Taylor Thomas, and I am a junior majoring in Agriculture Education and Agriculture Business. Coming to Wilmington College was never something I expected. I had always imagined myself at a big university in a big city. Everything changed the spring of my senior year when I first stepped foot on campus. Everyone here is so welcoming and suddenly I couldn’t see myself going to school anywhere else. The professors, the students, the atmosphere, it felt like home. As far as my activities on campus I am in Sigma Alpha Sorority, an Aggies club officer, a member of the Agriculture Education Society, Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honors Society, and many other extracurricular activities. Throughout the week I also work in the Office of Admission where I am able to tell other potential students what Wilmington College has to offer. I am thankful for all the opportunities I have been given here at Wilmington and have made friends that will last a lifetime. My time at Wilmington College has truly helped shape me into the person I am today.

 


 

Shelby BlakeHi everyone, My name is Shelby, and I’m a sophomore studying Ag Education and am involved in several groups around campus. I am involved with the student ambassador program, WC Aggies, and the Equestrian team. My days at Wilmington College have been genuinely memorable because of the hands-on classes and opportunities within their agriculture and equine departments. During my first semester on campus, I was able to get hands-on within my major and out at the campus farm. I am incredibly humbled to attend such a great school with incredible professors and staff members to help make your personal experience your own during your time at WC!


Carly FitzHi everyone! My name is Carly Fitz, I’m a senior majoring in Agricultural Communications and Political Science. During my time on campus not only have I made life long friends, I’ve also had the opportunity to get really involved. Some of the organizations I’ve had the privilege of being in are Gamma Beta Eta Lil Sis Sorority (formerly Delta Theta Sigma), Collegiate Farm Bureau, Orientation Welcome Leader (OWL), Aggies and hosted my own radio show, Jive@5, on The Quake! I was very active in the lobby trip opportunities on campus for Fall Ag Lobby and Spring Lobby Weekend with FCNL, a Washington D.C. Quaker lobby organization, which led me to my future career. After graduation I plan to advocate for agriculture as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.

 


 

Allyson

Hello! My name is Ally Cupps. I am a first-year student at Wilmington double majoring in AgBusiness and Spanish. I chose Wilmington College hoping for a personal, hands-on experience, and I was not disappointed. Before completing my first full year on campus I hold three jobs on campus, have made many new friends and connections, have been on our academic farm each week and sat in a real classroom with real people. WC allows me to make more tight knit connections with peers, professors, and other faculty. Being a Student Ambassador, I have many opportunities to talk with prospective students and share why I love Wilmington College. Our culture at Wilmington is one of respect, kindness, and support.