June 27, 2007
Starting this fall, students can begin the pursuit of a career in agribusiness at the Lebanon Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College.

"Lebanon County is rich in agricultural history going all the way back to the first settlers, and continues to be an agriculture engine of the state today," said Al Wenger, an adjunct professor in the Business, Hospitality, Engineering and Technology Division.

According to the 2002 Census of Agriculture, Lebanon County's production of hogs and pigs ranks second of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, third in poultry, fourth in turkeys and fifth in cattle and calves. In addition, the county's 1,104 farms rank third in Pennsylvania in the value of livestock, poultry and related products and fifth in total agricultural products sold, according to the census.

Keeping agriculture vibrant in this century and into the future is a key component of agribusiness and the many career opportunities it affords, Wenger said.

"The Introduction to Agribusiness course connects the farm to the consumer - showing students the path of agriculture to today's consumers," he added.

Course topics include a comparison of agriculture and agribusiness, agribusiness types, organization, planning and operation, and agribusiness inputs and outputs. The course also includes an examination of agribusiness involved with post-production processing and agricultural products.

If you're looking for a career in a field that touches the lives of people on a daily basis, then agribusiness may be for you. Find out more this fall by enrolling in BUSI 150 at the Lebanon Campus, 735 Cumberland St., Lebanon.

Classes start Aug. 20.To register or find out more, call HACC's Lebanon Campus at 270-4222.

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