Agri­cul­tural ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties abound

The Drumheller Mail - - AGRICULTUR­E & FARM - Photo sub­mit­ted

A ca­reer in agri­cul­ture can prove richly re­ward­ing. While it’s common to en­vi­sion over­alls and trac­tors when imag­in­ing ca­reers in agri­cul­ture, the op­por­tu­ni­ties to work in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try stretch be­yond the farm and into the cor­po­rate world. The fol­low­ing are a few of the paths men and women with a pas­sion for agri­cul­ture can pur­sue.

Busi­ness: Agri­cul­ture is big busi­ness, and the in­dus­try has many op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who want to pur­sue a ca­reer in busi­ness. Farm­ers and pro- duc­ers of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts need some­one to draft con­tracts for their agree­ments with the large cor­po­ra­tions who dis­trib­ute those prod­ucts. In ad­di­tion, pur­chas­ing agents and agri­cul­tural fi­nanciers are just two of the many ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties that en­able men and women to work on the busi­ness side of agri­cul­ture.

So­cial ser­vice: The agri­cul­tural in­dus­try also has po­si­tions of so­cial ser­vice. In ad­di­tion to food in­spec­tor, who en­sures agri­cul­tural prod­ucts are safe for hu­man con­sump- tion, so­cial ser­vice po­si­tions within the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try in­clude en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sul­tant and con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer. Men and women can also work to de­velop pro­grams that en­cour­age young­sters to pur­sue ca­reers in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Pro­duc­tion: Of course, the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try has a host of ca­reers for those who want to get their hands dirty. Farms need to be plowed, seeds must be planted and fer­til­ized and farms need to be well-main­tained to con­tinue op­erat- ing ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively. Though tech­nol­ogy has taken the place of many agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion po­si­tions, there are still many op­por­tu­ni­ties out there for those who want to work un­der the sun.

Ed­u­ca­tion: Those who want to share their love of agri­cul­ture with oth­ers can put their skills to work in the class­room. Agri­cul­tural in­struc­tors can train the next gen­er­a­tion of agri­cul­ture pro­fes­sion­als at the uni­ver­sity or high school level, en­sur­ing to­day’s farms are left in good hands to­mor­row.

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