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Exploring the Horticulture Field
Defining: Latin - “Hortus” meaning garden“Culture” meaning cultivation
Today, Hort includes: cultivation processingsale of fruits, nuts, veggies, ornamental plants and flowers.
As an industry horticulture contributes over $25 billion to the U.S. economy
Major divisions of hort industryPomology - The science and practice of growing, harvesting, handling, storing, processing, and marketing tree fruits
Floriculture Flowering plants
Ornamental and Landscapeusing grasses, annuals, shrubs, and trees in the landscape
Additional specialized areasseed production
Related Occupations those areas that provide products and services necessary in the production of hort. Crops. Ex: fertilizer, pesticides, containers, machinery,
Related Occupations research and education
Selecting a Job in a career, do you desire a job that involves:year round work regular hours a variety of tasks
Selecting a Job working in one place security of fringe benefitsworking alone working with others
Selecting a Job educational requirements guarantee of promotion
Other factors will the job be challengingwhat types of duties does the job involve what skills does the job involve are there jobs available
The future of the hort industrycurrently in a state of rapid growth people are becoming more concerned about their surroundings, world resources,
Cont. conservation, and controlling pollution
In the future: more plants will be used to: beautify surroundingsconserve soil and control pollutants Protect and feed wildlife
More families will plant gardens as food costs increase
The future looks exceptionally good for those involved in working with plants and providing goods and services related to horticulture
Production of hort cropspopulation increases and people have more leisure time, more gardening of all types will be done
Production of hort cropsdemand for fruits, veggies, ornamentals and landscaping plants will increase
Production of hort cropsIncrease in demand for veggie plants = substantial increase in production business
Service Industries increased need for fertilizers, pesticides, seeds, chemicals, tools and equipment
Marketing more people are employed in marketing than productionif marketing increases all other areas will as well
Inspection government, private processingdetermine disease and insect problems and peak crop quality
Teaching and Extension Workmore students need training, requiring more teachers quickly changing technology requires specialists and professionals
Research to increase production, researchers must:develop better varieties improve insect and disease resistance
Develop better ways to:grow harvest preserve package storing and marketing
Objective: Discuss careers and skills necessary for employment in the horticulture industry.
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