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  Agribusiness/Horticulture Department

Faculty Credentials:

Alan Bayless - Agribusiness

MU Columbia, Missouri

MED Ag Education - 1989

BSA Ag Mechanization - 1982

Chad Follis - Horticulture

MU Columbia, Missouri

MS Horticulture - 2001

BSA Plant Science - 1998

Hank Johnson - Adjunct

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; BS  General Business

Elaine Hoffmeister Mooney - Adjunct

California State University, Fresno, CA

BS Food Science - 1999

Barbara Bilhorn - Adjunct

Owner, Terre Noire Vineyards, Ste. Genevieve, MO

Francis L. Basler - Adjunct

MAC, AA - 1970

SEMO, BS Science in Art Education - 1972



Alan Bayless, Agribusiness Instructor

Chad Follis, Horticulture Instructor

The Future of Agriculture in Missouri

Agriculture is the largest industry world wide. More individuals are employed in Agriculture that any other single industry. It is a complex industry encompassing production agriculture, agribusiness, horticulture, and natural resources management. The best word to describe Agriculture in Missouri is diversified. Our state ranks second in the nation in hay production and beef cow production. Missouri is also the second leading state in the total number of farms.

Recognizing Agriculture as a principal industry in Missouri, Mineral Area College’s Agriculture Program offers students an opportunity to prepare for a career in this diverse and progressive industry.

Mineral Area College currently offers three degree programs to provide students an option in selecting their pathway into agriculture.

An Associate of Arts transfer degree is ideal for the student planning to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at a four-year college or university. Articulation agreements provide a seamless transition for students transferring to similar programs at Southeast Missouri State University, Southwest Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Associate of Applied Science degrees prepare students to enter positions in the Agriculture industry following graduation. Mineral Area College offers two Associate of Applied Science degrees.

The Agribusiness degree prepares students for positions in sales and management of chemicals, fertilizer, livestock pharmaceuticals, feed and seed as well as production management and financing.

The Horticulture degree prepares the student for positions in greenhouses, landscape nurseries, garden centers and other horticulture businesses. It also prepares students to work at golf courses, parks and other recreation areas as well as design, plant and maintain residential and commercial landscapes.

Most of the state universities are very liberal when transferring both A.A.S. degrees. Northwest Missouri State University will transfer the entire A.A.S. degree in both Agribusiness and Horticulture and Southeast Missouri State University will transfer the entire A.A.S. degree in Horticulture.

Two Certificates are also available in Horticulture.

The one-year Certificate in Horticulture prepares the student to take a position in a greenhouse or retail garden center. The one-year Certificate in Floral Design/Flower Shop Management prepares the student to work as a florist.