Agriculture: Hands-on learning

Agriculture: Classroom learning

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Welcome to the Casper College Agriculture Department, home to more than 100 agriculture majors. We also offer online agriculture degrees and classes.

There are five full-time faculty that teach a variety of classes to meet the needs of six different degree programs. The department is located on the Casper College campus in Casper, WY. Casper College is the oldest junior college in the state of Wyoming and the largest for full-time, traditional students.

Agriculture Degrees are offered for both transfer and non-transfer students in the areas of: Animal Science, Agriculture Business, Range Management and General Agriculture. Classes include a wide variety of animal science and animal production courses, meat science, soils, range ecology, crops and agro-ecology, agriculture economics and agriculture business courses. Generally, 75 percent of our traditional students transfer to universities and receive their Bachelor’s Degrees. We also offer a variety of technical courses such as Packing and Outfitting (AGTK 1590) and Horseshoeing (AGTK 1570) to meet the demands of members of our community. We recently developed an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture Business completely taught via distance education utilizing techniques designed for web based courses. Make sure to check out our online agriculture degees and classes.

Student organizations

In the Casper College Agriculture Department, we believe that the most successful students are not only those that excel in the classroom, but also are ones that actively participate in activities that are offered on campus.  The Oil City Ag Club is the largest club found on campus with membership of around 35-45 members a year. Many of its activities include: the Adopt a Highway Program, annually hosting a Club Calf Sale in the fall and a Lamb and Pig sale in the spring, and social activities such as a Thanksgiving dinner and card tournaments.

The Livestock Judging Club annually hosts spring and fall livestock judging contests which are attended regularly by 125-150 4-H and FFA members from the Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana.  Members of the Livestock Judging Club also provide annual livestock training in Driggs, ID, coupled with a ski trip.  Livestock Judging Club member serve as leaders at our annual livestock judging camp that was held in Elko, NV and has since been moved to Jerome, ID.

The Casper College Rodeo Club is historic club that dates back to the start of the department. They volunteer throughout the year to help put on local events such as jackpot ropings, the Chris Ledoux Memorial Rodeo and most importantly, the Casper College Ropin' and Riggin' Days Rodeo held every April.

Casper College Ag students are very active in student government (two faculties were also senators as students) and other campus clubs such as intramural sports, Forensics/Debate and College Republicans.  We have also had a very strong tie with the Wyoming FFA Association and have taught numerous State FFA Officers during their terms.

Why study ag at CC

Employment Opportunities in the Ag Industry

Often, the most influential learning for students comes in the form of on-the-job training. We pride ourselves in the cooperative effort that we have with several employers in our community in the development of our graduates and students. 

A great example of this is the Wyoming Livestock Roundup (WLR) which is the state’s largest and most influential agriculture publication based here in Casper. One of our agriculture communication students was recently hired as an intern with the WLR.

Annually, we have students interested in feeds and feeding of livestock and also business and marketing skills employed at a local feed store. There, students are active in the formulation, mixing and merchandising of rations and feeds to local ranchers, farmers and small animal owners. They are also very involved in the interaction with the customers and develop ideal business and salesmanship skills.

Another great example of our experiential learning is a local meat processor that annually hires as many employees as we can send them. Kompac meat processor is a state of the art meat processor that harvest, cut, and package livestock and wildlife for the community. In the past, several students have continued their meat science careers after employment with this processor.


The Casper College Agriculture Department is very fortunate to have many relationships with members of the community, other departments on campus, high schools and youth programs.

One of our strongest partnerships lies with our advisory board that meets annually to discuss all aspects of the agriculture department and make recommendations for future changes. The advisory committee is made up of business men and women, teachers and alumni of the programs. In addition to meeting annually, the faculty often seeks the input of advisory committee members on a wide range of issues.

The Casper College Agriculture Department has also made it a priority to be actively involved with many youth oriented and producer organizations in the state of Wyoming. We host many 4-H and FFA activities that range from sales, contests, shows and “Ag in the Classroom” days hosted by the local FFA and 4-H organizations. The department is also a vital member of both the Wyoming Club Calf Association and the Wyoming Club Lamb Association. We host a sale every fall in conjunction with the Wyoming Club Calf Association and assist in implementing a futurity show at the Wyoming State Fair for those calves sold in the previous year’s sale. We also host the Wyoming Club Lamb Association’s summer show on campus and are sponsors for several of the award given that day.

We also have the unique opportunity to be a partner in education with the local high school and their FFA program. The college has an articulation agreement with Natrona County High School here in Casper and offer college credit for 12 credit hours of agriculture classes taught to high school students.  The articulation agreement calls for the interaction between our faculty at the college and the high school instructors.

Agriculture department mission statement

The Casper College Agriculture Department will continue to be the premier “PLACE” for developing leaders through dynamic education with a focus on excellence in teaching, coaching, and learning.

  • Potential – Assisting each student in achieving his or her potential
  • Leadership – Preparing students to be leaders of the future, in agriculture and beyond
  • Achievement – Helping students achieve their academic, career, and personal goals
  • Community – Creating a community of learners within the department and an appreciation for one’s role in the broader community
  • Excellence – Establishing an expectation of excellence – in teaching, learning, competition, and citizenship



Heath Hornecker
Agriculture Instructor
Department Head
WA 111

Jeremy Burkett
Agriculture Instructor
Livestock Judging Coach
WA 112

Marty Finch
Agriculture Instructor
Doornbos Coordinator
WA 103

Jason Johnson
Agriculture Instructor
Assistant Livestock Judging Coach
WA 111

Todd Jones
Agriculture Instructor
See Renee Hardy in PS 132

Tom Parker
Agriculture Instructor
Head Rodeo Coach
WA 107A