Joined by keynote speaker State Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Senator John Wilkinson, the group learned about the program’s goal to help provide students with a hands-on learning experience in its three areas of concentrations: ag business, ag missions, and ag science.
asked God to send the resources to provide for the program and help it continue to grow.
“Lives will be changed because of this program,” Commissioner Black said. “I am excited about how this program will equip students with the hands-on experience they’ll need.”
The degree is a natural fit for Northeast Georgia with six of the top ten agriculture counties located within 50 miles of the college. More than 60,000 graduates are needed every year to fill skilled jobs within the Agriculture workforce, yet our nation’s colleges are only producing 35,000.
“Agriculture is a 74-billion-dollar business,” Wilkerson said. “1.26 million is made in the Tri-County area of Madison, Franklin, and Hart Counties.
Owen Thomason, Diversified Agriculture Program Chair shared with those in attendance why the timing is perfect to start an agriculture program at EC.
Thomason noted that one out of every seven jobs in the state of Georgia are in agriculture, with six of the top 10 Farm Gate Value counties located within a 50-mile radius of Emmanuel College’s campus. (#1 Madison County, #3 Franklin County, #5 Hart County, #8 Banks County, #9 Jackson County, # 10 Oglethorpe County).