About $7.2 billion is spent on food in West Virginia every year, but only $7.1 million dollars of that is directly marketed from West Virginia farmers to consumers. The total yearly value of agricultural production in WV is $592 million. Opportunities exist for major increases in agricultural sales by WV farmers if they have the knowledge and skills to grow and market their products. The diversified agriculture program at WVU Parkersburg will provide both new and current producers with the knowledge and skills to meet these demands while increasing on farm profits. Students in this program will have opportunities to learn:
Students interested in producing on their own farms will be able to increase on farm profits by learning best management practices for all forms of agriculture and direct marketing strategies. Students completing the program will be ready for jobs with private agricultural businesses. These jobs are in high demand and students will be prepared for well-paying employment in greenhouses, garden centers, landscaping, and a wide range of supporting services.
The Diversified Agriculture Program at WVU Parkersburg is a one-of-a-kind program in the region. Students can earn a 30-hour certificate by choosing from a variety of agricultural classes that suit their interests. We also offer a 60-hour associate degree program that will give students a wide range of agricultural production classes
Students will also be given opportunities to put their knowledge to work while earning credits through Cooperative Learning internship opportunities with area producers.
Get paid while earning your degree certificate!
WVU Parkersburg and Bob’s Market are partnering to offer a new cooperative education program where students will be paid while they earn a 30-hour degree certificate in diversified agriculture.
This program links classroom theories and instruction with practical work experience. Students divide their time between the college site and Bob’s Market and Greenhouses Inc.’s Mason County location.
Students enrolled in the Learn and Earn program will earn $10 per hour while working. Tuition and course materials are estimated to be cost less than $4,000. At the conclusion of the program, Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Inc. is committed to hiring up to 10 to 15 participants as craft growers.
WVU Parkersburg’s diversified agriculture program is the only of its kind in West Virginia, offering both a one-year certificate and a two-year associate degree. Program coordinator Hans Straight joined WVU Parkersburg in August and has many plans for enhancing courses and growing the program.
Students who complete the certificate or associate program can enter the workforce with a specialized skill set and a wide range of agricultural experience. Students will graduate with the skills to start an agricultural-related business or profitable farm or increase revenue on existing farms.
Agriculturist, Greenhouse Manager, Landscape Manager, Food Production