Phone: 352-671-4900 ext. 59512
Degrees and Certifications:
A.A. Degree - Santa Fe College B.A. Degree - University of Florida - Florida Nursery, Growers, and Landscaping Association Certification - Green Industries-Best Management Practices Certification - ServSafe Certification - Associates of Agriculture Certification
Mr. Jeremy Rhoden
I started my career in agriculture by working for the Florida USDA Wildlife Services (WS) and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) right out of high school. From capturing and vaccinating raccoons for rabies, to rescuing hundreds of sea turtle nests that were continuously being depredated by wild hogs, I had quite the experience. I worked with USDA for about two and half years, most of the time I was stationed in the Florida Keys working with the Giant African Gambian Pouch Rat. The experiences and education I gained working not only with wildlife, but also with the public, have been vital to me ever since!
Throughout my time in the Keys, I continuously entertained myself with the idea of going to school to become an agricultural educator. I had an awesome agricultural teacher myself, and ever since then it had been my dream to become one; that is until I started working with USDA. Though I loved working with wildlife, eventually I finally decided to go back to school for agricultural education. I missed it.
I proceeded to go to school part time at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida for three years, while I worked full time as well. Once I graduated with my AA Degree in 2010, I then started the University of Florida's Agricultural Education & Communication's major full time. In May 2013, I graduated with Honors from the University of Florida with a major in agricultural education.
I am now starting my 6th year as an agriscience educator and I have taught Agriscience Foundations 1, Horticultural Sciences 2,3,4,5,6, Agri-Technology 1&2, Ag-Mechanics 1&2, Technical Agricultural Operations 2&3, and Advanced Concepts in Agriscience - with a primary focus on drones in agriculture. I currently hold the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscaping Association (FNGLA), Green Industries-Best Management Practices, Unmanned Safety Institute for Drones, ServSafe, and Associates of Agriculture Certifications.