Ag Science (Transfer)
Responsibilities of farmers and ranchers range from caring for livestock, to operating machinery, to maintaining equipment and facilities. If you grew up on a farm, were involved in 4-H or National FFA or have worked on farms, you probably love the outdoors, hard work and working with your hands. A broad range of skills and abilities are needed to be involved in farming. They include technical knowledge of crops, growing conditions and plant diseases, mechanical aptitude in working with tools and machinery, and business skills to organize and operate a business and computer skills.
As the long-term trend toward consolidation into fewer and larger farms continues, the employment of agricultural managers and business, sales and service positions will increase. Agricultural apprenticeships and work experience increase employment opportunities.
What/Where the jobs are
Large and small livestock and grain operations, self-employment, hatchery management, cooperatives, extension services, governmental agencies, education, livestock buyer, feed/fertilizer sales, chemical applicator, lawn care specialist, Global Positioning software and hardware companies.
Associate in Science Career Option (ASCO)
Kevin Butt, Kevin.Butt@iavalley.edu