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Smith hired as Agriculture Instructor at PCC

04 October 2017
Smith hired as Agriculture Instructor at PCC

Barrett Smith was hired as the new agriculture instructor this past August. He has been teaching students this fall semester in a variety of classes and topics such as Plant Science, Computers in Agriculture, Intro to Ag Business, Plant ID, and Sprayer Application Technology. He said his goal for every class he teaches is to help students love to learn.

“I like learning and I want students to enjoy learning,” said Smith. “It’s easier to enjoy learning while doing real world applications and learning how to apply knowledge outside the classroom.”

Smith’s love of knowledge and agriculture grew from his home roots. He was raised in Hopewell, Kan., and is currently the fifth generation to work on his family’s farm. He furthered his agriculture knowledge at Kansas State University where he obtained his bachelor degrees in Animal Science and Agriculture Technology Management.

After graduating from Kansas State University, Smith worked for Osborne Industries in Osborne, Kan., where he installed automated swine feeding equipment. He then worked as an extension agent for Kiowa County Research and Extension. Despite his background and love for agriculture, teaching was not something he always had outlined for himself.

“People had told me I would be a good teacher but it wasn’t what I planned on doing,” said Smith. “I realized I like learning and I like challenging other people to learn and so I decided to give it a shot.”

Smith challenges every student interested in agriculture to take one of his classes to learn more about the subject in a real world setting. He wants his students to be prepared for the next steps in their lives, whether it is continuing education at a university or going directly into the industry after PCC. Most importantly, however, he would like to teach his students to enjoy learning and hopes they will chase the pursuit of knowledge in the future.

“If students have any interest at all in agriculture, they are welcome to come to take my classes and learn,” said Smith. “The pursuit of knowledge is invaluable. Knowledge is not something that can be taken from you.”

PCC offers an Agriculture program that has the great advantage of being located in one of the world's most productive ag regions, south central Kansas. Students are able to work first-hand with livestock and in production situations instead of just being taught skills and theories in a classroom. There are many classes and degree options for a student to choose at PCC. For more information about the Agriculture Department, please contact Lori Montgomery by calling 620-450-2186 or by email at lorim@prattcc.edu.