Faculty

The Agribusiness and Technology faculty have a wide range of personal and professional experience in production and retail environments. The department maintains three full-time instructors and two part-time instructors.

Student comments:

  • "The MCC Ag faculty took the time to help me when I really needed it." Todd Mente, Farm Management Program

  • "At MCC you are not just a number. The instructors knew why I was there and they helped open a lot of doors that were closed for me." Scott Mosier, Feed & Fertilizer Marketing Program

Paul A. Martin Paul A. Martin
Farm Management and Agribusiness Management Instructor
AAS, Muscatine Community College
BS, Southern Illinois University
Email: pmartin@eicc.edu 
Phone: 563-288-6019
Paul grew up on a family farm near Ottumwa, Iowa, and graduated from the Farm Management Program in 1984. He teaches business-related classes, crops, animal science courses as well as others. Paul has been an instructor at MCC since 1987.
  
Janet  Freeborn Janet Freeborn
Horticulture Program Instructor
Western Illinois University, Macomb
Email: jfreeborn@eicc.edu
Janet grew up in the Quad City area. She has years of experience in retail horticulture as well as Horticulture Therapy for physically challenged adults. She has been active in community youth and adult horticulture programs for many years. She teaches an array of topics from turf to greenhouse management. Janet joined MCC in January, 1999, to help develop the Horticulture Program.
  
Mary Grace Carlson Mary-Grace Carlson
Farm Management and Agribusiness Management Instructor
BS, Agricultural Communications
Email: mgcarlson@eicc.edu
Phone: 563-288-6017
Mary-Grace was raised on a small grain and livestock farm in the Southeastern Illinois. There she worked on her family’s farm as well as renting her own farm land, showing and raising cattle, and participating in her family’s freezer beef business.  She also spent a large amount of time working in the office at a locally owned grain elevator.  She received her BS in Agricultural Communications, minoring in Public Relations and Animal Science.
  
 Julia Townsley Julia Townsley
Farm Management and Agribusiness Management Instructor
BS, Public Service and Administration in Agriculture
MS, Agriculture Education
Email: jtownsley@eicc.edu
Phone: 563-288-6018
Julia was raised on a family grain and livestock farm near Letts, IA.  She attended Iowa State University where she received a BS in Public Service and Administration in Agriculture and then her MS in Agriculture Education.  After graduation, she taught high school agriculture in Iowa for 3 years and is now the MCC agronomy courses lead instructor as well as a few others.