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					Careers in
Agriculture
               Fun Facts
• Agriculture is a $6+ billion industry for Arizona
  – Animals
     • Cows represent 43% of animal products
        – 450 million pounds of beef every year
        – 3.5 billion pounds of milk
        – 6 billion eggs
  – Crops
     • Lettuce, cotton, & hay
        – Arizona produces enough cotton to make at least one
           pair of jeans for every person in the U.S. each year
              Careers in Agriculture
• Not just cows and corn anymore
• Traditional farmers still exist
• Technology has transformed the industry and created
  new jobs!
                  Nationwide Job Market

• 58,000 new jobs in
  agriculture every year
   –   Food
   –   Natural resources
   –   Forestry
   –   Biotechnology
                   Nationwide Job Market
• Scientific & Engineering – 25%
   –   Plant & animal breeding
   –   Genetic engineering
   –   Food quality assurance
   –   Precision agriculture
• Education, Communication, &
  Governmental Services – 13%
   –   Plant & animal inspection
   –   Public health administration
   –   Food system security
   –   Biotechnology impact assessment
                 Scientific & Engineering

• Genetic Engineering
  – What?
      • Altering plants and animals
      • Make them healthier or heartier
  – Why?                                       We have food
                              Crops grow
                                               & farmers stay
                             faster & larger
                                                in business

  Fertilizer
                             Rivers, lakes,     Plants and
                             & oceans are       animals die
                               polluted
                  Scientific & Engineering

• Solution
   – Genetically engineer the plants to use fertilizer more
     efficiently therefore need less
   – Arcadia Biosciences has developed crops that use 1/3 the
     fertilizer and produce the same amount!
• Advantages
   – Protects the environment
   – More cost effective for farmers
                Scientific & Engineering

• Did you know that after many years of being
  farmed, a section of land will no longer produce
  crops?
• Did you know that agriculture uses over 80% of the
  world’s freshwater supply?
• What if you could genetically engineer plants to:
  –   Grow in nutrient deficient soil?
  –   Use less water?
  –   Resist insects?
  –   Produce crops in regions of famine?
                   Education, Communication,
                   & Governmental Services

• Plant & animal inspection
   – Inspectors ensure animals are being treated humanely and
     plants are being harvested safely
      • E-coli scare
• Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
   – Ensure food is safe for consumption
      • Cloned meat
   – Protect food supply from contamination
      • Dog food scare
• Alternative fuel research
   – Ethanol (corn)
               Summary
• Careers
  – New, innovative jobs
  – In high demand
  – Many different fields
• Advantages
  – Help build a secure future by protecting the
    environment
  – Develop safer, healthier foods
  – Create better lives for animals used for food

				
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