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EKU Agriculture

Over the next decade there will not be enough agriculture graduates to meet the expected growth in jobs.

Agriculturalists are in great demand because of the big issues confronting the world.

  • Food production and security:  The world’s growing population needs Agriculturalists and Horticulturalists to insure a healthy food supply. 
  • Energy production and management: Farms are the site of both energy use and Biofuel production.
  • The environment: Horticulturalists and Agriculturalists view the land as an important natural resource that needs to be conserved for the future.

The Agriculture Department at Eastern Kentucky University has positioned its programs to address these issues.  In addition, we continue to maintain strong programs in Agribusiness Management, Animal and Veterinary Sciences (Concentrations in Pre-Veterinary and Animal Science) and Agriculture Education.

Our programs emphasize Scalable Production, Environmental Stewardship, Efficient Energy Management, Economic Development and Service to the Community.

Students can pursue Associates (2-year) in Technical Agriculture and Bachelors degrees (4-year) in Agriculture which both include multiple concentrations (i.e., agribusiness, agriculture engineering technology, agronomy, soils, natural resources, fruit, vegetable, nursery, green house production, livestock management, turfgrass, landscape) .  In addition, a Masters degree concentration is now available in Agricultural Operations and Management.

Visit Academic Programs to view all EKU Agriculture degree options. 

Classes are small, and practical ‘hands on’ experiences compliment most courses. The Department maintains a 720-acre farm, greenhouses, turf plots and a golf hole.  Available co-operative education internships provide the on-the-job experiences that can lead to better employment opportunities.

Agriculture graduates have found success in a wide spectrum of opportunities in agribusiness, government agencies, agriculture education instruction, finance, livestock operations, research, landscaping, sales, turf grass management, fruit and vegetable production. We are small enough to care for you as an individual but large enough to provide every career opportunity.

"Opportunities within the Ag department are building our next generation of agriculturalists."
-Emily Holliday, Class of 2019

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