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The Truth About Agribusiness

When considering jobs in agriculture, you must think both large and small. Large is agribusiness, big corporations developing new crops, pesticides, fertilizers, and other products to produce high yield crops. Small, on the other hand, is the move toward local, organic foods, and small farms with hand raised crops and animals.

Agribusiness and large scale farming continues to be the most important source of food in the United States and many other nations. While traditional agricultural jobs of raising crops and animals remain important, agribusiness also encompasses numerous career paths in the area of research and development as well as sales, education, and marketing. Jobs in agriculture aren’t the first thing one thinks of when studying biochemistry, biotechnology, engineering, or even computer sciences, but any of those degrees can open a path to lucrative jobs in the agribusiness sector. As more and more functions become computerized, and as demand for food rises with population growth worldwide, high tech jobs in agriculture will continue to expand. Workers with both high tech and agricultural knowledge will be in demand.

This background presents a platform in which we’re supposed to educate our society the need for farming and involving ourselves in agribusiness. The United Nation’s (UN) Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) has established a good example in agribusiness that should be replicated. FAO leads to the global effort to defeat world hunger. In addition to the provision of technical assistance services, it develops methods and statistics for food and agriculture.

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There are likewise some other agencies that assist agribusiness all over the globe. Such Agencies include among others Foreign Agriculture Services (FAS) of the US Department of Agriculture. New Zealand Trade Enterprise (NZTE) and Agricultural and Agrifood Canada (AAFC) are also part of the world agencies that assist agribusiness.

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Interest in organic and locally produced food has exploded in the most recent decade, on the other tip of the scale. Concern for health and the environment has led many people to begin choosing local and organic foods, even if they cost more. Farmer’s markets have boomed. Even traditional grocery stores have expanded their organic food offerings.

Rather than making the switch totally to organic, begin by selecting only a small number of foods that appeal to you. Organic peaches, apples, peppers, strawberries, and sweet potatoes are some good choices. Or, just start out with one fruit or vegetable in which you notice a remarkable difference in taste, just as organic mushrooms. Then ease your way into more organic foods. Another good rule of thumb is to notice what foods appeal to your kids. I tell ‘mom” clients, if your kids like a particular food, chances are you’ll too. What’s more, if you start your children off early eating organic foods, they will be more likely to make healthier choices when they get older.

What does this mean in the area of agricultural jobs? It means that large scale agriculture isn’t the only means to go. For the first time in decades there is an increase in people wanting to take up small farming on either a part time or full time basis. Many are approaching this as a second career or an entirely new career path and didn’t grow up in farming communities or working on farms. This means an increased demand for people with agricultural knowledge to teach school courses, write books, and consult with people setting up a new farm or perhaps transitioning to organic farming. Experts in farming and animal husbandry will find their skills in demand as more people decide to grow food for themselves and their local community.

On both the large and small scale, agricultural jobs are expanding and taking in more kinds of knowledge, both in the area of new technology, and rediscovering traditional techniques. It is an exciting time to move into this field.

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