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post #1 of 7 Old 08-12-2008, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Jobs in Agriculture

I'm thinking about majoring in Agriculture when I get in college but I don't really know all that you can do in the field. I was wondering if anyone on here had a degree in agriculture (or is planing on getting one) and what kind of jobs can you get..
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-13-2008, 06:11 AM
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Good choice! There is tons of stuff in ag!

Any area in particular!?
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-14-2008, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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I like animals pretty well, especially farm animals.
I know you can do like business jobs and things I ws just wondering if anyone one here had a degree in ag and what they did or if anyone new the different kinds of jobs you can get...

Sorry I know I sound confusing.
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-14-2008, 06:08 AM
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LOL I understand.... you are looking for options. It's like if you said you wanted to work in medicine... what besides the doctor or nurse.( PA, PT tech, X ray tech, respiratory tech, business admin, etc...)

Wellllllllllllllll ... i would go to school with an eye on a degree in animal sciences. From their you can specialize in a smaller niche as you learn about them. I was just thinking, on a dairy farm alone you have ( in no particular order)

--The Owner - hands full of business stuff, legislative bills, co op meetings, meetings, milking, a jack of all trades.
--accountant - payroll, taxes,bills,etc
--herdsman - over all animal operation and health
--milkers ( they also do other chores on the farm)
--feeder - the person who works with the nutritionist, mixes and puts out all feeds and keeps animals conditioned.
---nutritionist - an 'outside consultant-' who comes in weekly to discuss condition of growing and silo-ed crops, takes samples to determine stuff like moisture,protein,carbs, etc. is directly responsible for the crop-to-milk costs.
--mechanics - at least one. A lot of machinery is used daily, not to mention the big bang of planting season or harvesting season.
--mechanic helpers
--calf feeders - feed the unweaned calves, and are responsible for all young animal care - food, shelter etc. report to herdsman.
-- artificial insemination breeders ( unless the farm does it themselves.) come to your farm and selectively breed the animals the herdsman says is in heat.

People you see...
- nutritionist
- - seed salespeople
--assorted gov. people checking the soil, crops,
-- machinery salespeople
-- mechanical specialists

And that's just off the top of my head without being done my first cup of coffee yet.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-14-2008, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, That really helps.
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post #6 of 7 Old 08-14-2008, 10:38 PM
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This is gonna be my freshman year in college and I'm getting my Associates in Equestrian Science and Horse Technology. I'm not exactly sure what kind of job you'll be promised once you have that degree but I really want to own my own stable so once I'm done, I plan on transferring to another college to get some sort of business degree.

But Dash suggested some very good hints and ideas!!

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-15-2008, 05:40 AM
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Try to google up classified job ads in ag for beef, dairy, swine, etc. and see what is out there.

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