As the only two-year program of its kind in South Carolina, Piedmont Technical College’s Diversified Agriculture program offers a comprehensive study of modern production agriculture.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
A solid, hands-on education in agriculture was so important to Hampton Beard that he decided to drive nearly 300 miles ― round trip ― from Kingstree every day to attend classes at the Piedmont Technical College (PTC) Saluda Campus and study diversified agriculture with Instructor Roger Estridge...
A Career in Diversified Agriculture
Located in agriculture-rich Saluda County, the curriculum offers the hands-on training and in-depth classroom instruction necessary to understand and master the daily requirements of a career in agriculture.
The program has been developed in collaboration with some of the major agribusinesses in the region, so you can be sure that you’ll be qualified to enter the work force with the skills that employers need, or to operate a farm of your own after graduation.
Agriculture-based businesses play a critical and expanding role in the growth of South Carolina's economy.
According to the South Carolina department of agriculture, farming generates over two billion dollars a year at the farm level, but the impact on the state’s economy goes far beyond the farm gate. Agriculture has a direct and indirect economic impact of $33.9 billion a year, provides $7.5 billion in labor income.
Graduates of the Diversified Agriculture program will be well prepared to manage related businesses in production, marketing and utilization.
High Technology. Hands-on Experience.
As a student in PTC’s Diversified Agriculture program, you’ll learn firsthand how computers and precision agriculture technology are driving efficiency and productivity into the future, and you’ll learn from successful farmers who are involved in cutting-edge production agriculture. We know that it’s critical for students to get hands-on experience applying what they’ve learned in the classroom.
You’ll get direct experience on working farms throughout the region during the course of your studies.
A Solid Foundation for a Bachelor's Degree
If you’re headed toward a bachelor’s degree, the Diversified Agriculture program offers transfer paths to prominent agriculture programs like the ones at Clemson University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Starting at PTC has some definite advantages.
You’ll get an associate degree and an in-depth understanding of the business before transferring. You’ll also get priceless real-world experience in production agriculture that will give you an advantage when you’re ready to enter the work force. Best of all, because PTC’s tuition is the lowest in the region, you’ll save thousands in tuition and fees by completing your first two years with us.
Career Quick Facts
- Career Outlook
- Median Salary Average: $39,910
- SC Salary Range: $26,350-$62,740
- 78% placement rate for 2017-2018 graduates
Salary and career information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Entry Level Positions
- Agriculture and Food Service Technician
- Agriculture Inspector
- Buyer or Purchasing Agent
- Farmer, Rancher or Other Agricultural Manager
- Farm Equipment Mechanic & Service Technician
- List of Employers
- Amick Farms
- Carolina Turfgrass & Landscape Supply
- County of Greenwood
- Department of Natural Resources
- Grace Animal Hospital & Pet Lodge
- Heritage Fields Farm
- House of Raeford - Columbia Farms
- James R. Sease Farms, Inc.
- Local Poultry and Dairy Farms
- Lowe's Home Improvement
- Manchester Farms
- O'Reilly's Auto Parts
- Pleasurecraft Engine Group
- Rawl Farm
- Saluda NRCS
- Shore Livestock Inc.
- South Carolina Department of Agriculture
- South Carolina Geodetic Survey
- Southern Blues
- Sylvan Farms
- Titan Farms
- Tractor Supply
- Walter P Rawl & Sons
- Wyatt Farms
- Yon Family Farms
- Zone 7 Landscape Center