Not every one involved in farming today grew up on a farm. Modern farming requires complex scientific, business and financial decisions and most of those skills can be obtained through a college education. Even people who grew up on farms need to acquire skills to operate farms. Skills and interest in business along with work experience in the different aspects of farm and ranch operations qualify people for positions in agribusiness. Technical knowledge of crops, growing conditions, and plant diseases are needed. Mechanical aptitude is valuable along with accounting and bookkeeping skills necessary to organize and operate a business. Computer skills are also important.
As the long-term trend toward consolidation into fewer and larger farms continues, the employment of agricultural managers will increase. Whether large scale or small scale, farms need business-oriented people to manage them efficiently.
What/Where the jobs are
Agricultural managers, purchasing agents and buyers of farm products, greenhouses and nurseries, extension services, governmental agencies, education, hatchery management, cash grain farmers, livestock producers, soil conservationists, commodity brokers, grain inspectors, livestock buyers, market analysts, sales representatives, animal nutritionists, farm management consultant, credit analysts, farmstead/livestock/crop insurance agents.
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Kevin Butt, Kevin.Butt@iavalley.edu