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Ozarka College to Begin Offering Degree in Agriculture

Published on February 10, 2017

Ozarka College has recently received approval from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to begin offering an Associate of Science degree in Agriculture. This degree is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge of agriculture and agribusiness applications.  


"Agriculture is a vital industry in Arkansas' 1st District, and it is important to train future generations in the necessary skills and new technologies in the industry, " commented Congressman Rick Crawford. "The Associate of Science degree in Agriculture will open doors to individuals interested in agriculture that they can later use in a 4-year program, or employment. I applaud Ozarka College for meeting the needs of their community and for the work they have done to launch this new degree. "


Dr. Keith McClanahan, Ozarka College provost and executive vice president of learning stated, "Ozarka's service area consists primarily of small, family owned farms and ranches involved in animal production, grazing, and haying operations. There is also a growing number of poultry production and laying facilities within our service area. "  


The College plans to offer an agricultural orientation course, as well as introductory agricultural courses in Plant Science, Animal Science, Agribusiness, and Soils. Through a partnership with Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, graduates will have a seamless transfer into agriculture degrees offered at A-State. Students will also be equipped with skills preparing them to manage the family farming operation, or to enter employment within the Agribusiness World of Work. For more information, please call Chris Lorch, associate vice president of academics, at 870.368.2071 or email:

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