Careers abound in modern agriculture by mrl19919


									                                                                                                                                                       Grand Forks Herald/Sunday, March 15, 2009 5

Careers abound in modern agriculture                                                                                                                                           ACRE/
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                                                                                                                                                                               were to substantially drop.
 Ag                                                                                                                                                                       Before enrolling in the
   The most obvious ca-                                                                                                                                                        program, producers should
reers are directly related                                                                                                                                                     know that, in order to re-
to the farm or ranch. But                                                                                                                                                      ceive an ACRE payment,
did you know that only 10                                                                                                                                                      there must be revenue
percent of Americans are                                                                                                                                                       losses at both the state and
involved in traditional                                                                                                                                                        farm levels. Also, ACRE is
farming? If that is the case,                                                                                                                                                  not a replacement for crop
then what other careers                                                                                                                                                        insurance, so farmers
comprise the agricultural                                                                                                                                                      should continue to pur-
field? There are approxi-                                                                                                                                                      chase insurance. The pro-
mately 22 million people                                                                                                                                                       gram’s revenue guarantees
who work in agriculture re-                                                                                                                                                    actually offer premiums to
lated fields. Unlike agri-                                                                                                                                                     producers with crop insur-
culture of our                                                                                                                                                                 ance.
grandparents’ day, today’s                                                                                                                                                        “While ACRE does have
agriculture offers over 200                                                                                                                                                    some similarities to crop
                                                                                                                                                                               insurance, remember that
rewarding and challenging
                                                                                                                                                                               there must be a state-level
careers.                                                                                                                                                                       revenue loss for it to be
                                                                                                                                                                               triggered,” Halich said.
Career categories                                                                                                                                                              “Thus, a farmer could have
   Agricultural careers may                                                                                                                                                    a complete crop failure
be divided into various cat-                                                                                                                                                   and potentially receive no
egories. These include:                                                                                                                                                        ACRE payment.”
agribusiness management,                                                                                                                                                          Each growing season,
agricultural and natural                                                                                                                                                       there will be an opportu-
resources communica-                                                                                                                                                           nity for farmers to enroll
tions, building construc-                                                                                                                                                      in ACRE, but once farmers
tion management,                                                                                                                                                               enroll, they must stay in
agriscience, resource de-                                                                                                                                                      the program for the dura-
velopment and manage-                                                                                                                                                          tion of the 2008 Farm Bill,
ment, parks, recreations,                                                                                                                                                      which ends after the 2012
and tourism resources,                                                                                                                                                         crop year.
packaging, horticulture,                         Fewer than 10 percent of ag-related jobs take place on a farm.                                                                   Beginning enrollment
forestry, food science, and                                                                                                                                                    dates for the 2009 growing
fisheries/wildlife.                                                                                                                                                            season have not been set
                                            nalism, public relations,        ning, evaluation, budget-        packaging, and industrial        foods, investigation of new     for the ACRE program.
Growth job market                           and advertising/marketing.       ing, and program manage-         packaging. Sample job ti-        production and processing       However, a deadline of
                                            Sample job titles: market-       ment. Sample job titles:         tles: Packaging Engineer,        methods, and research           June 1 has been set for
   According to the Febru-                                                                                                                                                     completed enrollment in
                                            ing communications man-          environmental analyst, en-       Quality Control Coordina-        ways to insure a safe, nu-
ary 7, 2000 Issue of Farm                                                                                                                                                      all Farm Service Agency
                                            ager, district sales             vironmental planner, solid       tor, Laboratory Manager,         tritious and economical
Bureau News, published                                                                                                                                                         programs. Contact the
                                            representatives, advertis-       waste coordinator, water         and Package Designer.            food supply. Sample job ti-
semimonthly by the Ameri-                                                                                                                                                      local branch of the Farm
                                            ing manager, reporter, edi-      resource specialist, and         Companies that hire for          tles: food technician, labo-
can Farm Bureau Federa-                                                                                                                                                        Service Agency for more
                                            tor, and account manager.        economic development             these positions: Coca-Cola       ratory technician, food
tion, “Food Scientists and                                                                                                                                                     information on the ACRE
                                            Companies that hire for          specialist. companies that       Co., Hershey Chocolate           chemist, and quality con-
engineers will be in the                                                                                                                                                       program and for sign-up in-
                                            these positions: Upjohn          hire for these positions: co-    USA, Johnson and John-           trol manager. Companies
greatest demand in the                                                                                                                                                         formation.
                                            Co., USDA, Michigan Milk         operative extension serv-        son, 3M, IBM Corp., and          that hire for these posi-
agricultural job market
                                            Producers Association, Na-       ice, the clinton river           Amway Corp.                      tions: Pepsicola, Kraft/Gen-
over the next four years,
                                            tional Dairy Council, and        watershed, the National             Horticulture focuses on       eral Foods, Hygrade Food
according to a new Purdue
                                            Michigan Farm Bureau.            Park Service, Enviroscope,       the science and art con-         Products, Kellogg Com-
University study. Annual
                                               Building construction         senate and house policy of-      cerned with culture, mar-        pany, General Mills, Pills-
job openings for U.S. food
                                            management focuses on            fices, lobbying organiza-        keting, and utilization of       bury, and Heinz USA.
and agricultural sciences
                                            land development and             tions, banking                   high value, intensively cul-        Fisheries and wildlife fo-
graduates are projected to
                                            structural buildings. Sam-       organizations, city and          tivated fruits, flowers, veg-    cuses on environmental
be around 58,000, while the                                                                                                                                                          Available at these
                                            ple job titles: project man-     state governments, and           etables, and ornamental          management, conserva-                    locations in
number of graduates for
                                            ager, estimator,                 hospitals.                       plants. Sample job titles:       tion, and wildlife ecology           CROOKSTON, MN
those jobs will be slightly
                                            construction scheduler,             Parks, Recreation and         retail manager, landscape        and management. Sample
more than 57,000.”
                                            controller, purchasing           Tourism Resources focuses        designer, entrepreneur,          job titles: land manage-                     Ampride

Job descriptions                            agent, site manager, field       on planning and managing         florist, contractor, nursery     ment specialist, water                      Eagle Drug
                                            engineer, land developer,        programs, areas, and facili-     grower, and nursery stock        quality specialist, habitat             Eagles Nest - UMC
  Agribusiness manage-                      and real estate appraiser.       ties that are designed to        buyer. Companies that hire       specialist, and fish hatch-                Holiday Store
ment focuses on the mana-                   Companies that hire for          meet people’s leisure            for these positions: Gerber,     ery manager. Companies                        Hugo’s
gerial functions performed                  these positions: Turner          needs and enhance quality        Mawby Fruit Farms, Ball          that hire for these posi-                Kum & Go Store
by organizations through-                   Construction Company,            of life. Sample job titles:      Corporation, and Pan             tions: U.S. Forest Service,                 M & H Gas
out the food system. Sam-                   Pulte Homes, Perini Build-       park ranger,                     American Seed.                   Bureau of Land Manage-
ple job titles: commodity                                                                                                                                                           Paddy & Paul’s Service
                                            ing Co., and General Mo-         interpreter/naturalist, en-         Forestry focuses on the       ment, State and local divi-
trader, agricultural pro-                   tors Corporation.                vironmental educator,            science and art of manag-        sions of surface water
                                                                                                                                                                                         Super Pumper
duction specialist, pur-                       Agriscience provides a        travel and convention            ing natural resources that       quality, land and water
                                                                                                                                                                                       Thrifty White Drug
chasing manager, financial                  foundation for careers in        planner, youth program di-       occur on forest lands. Sam-      management, and U.S.                 TTS Convenience Store
manager, farm owner and                     agricultural and natural         rector, camp counselor,          ple job titles: forester, for-   Fish and Wildlife Services.           Widman’s Candy Shop
manager, and                                resources industries. Sam-       park and recreation direc-       est ranger, consulting
wholesale/retail buyer                      ple job titles: agriscience      tor, and tourism consult-        forester, district ranger, ar-
manufacturing manager.                      educator, extension educa-       ant. Companies that hire         borist, naturalist, timber
                                                                                                                                                                                 For information on where to find
                                                                                                                                                                                 the Grand Forks Herald in your
Companies that hire for                     tor, farmer, and human re-       for these positions: Hilton      buyer, and forest nursery                                          area, call 1-800-477-6572 #750.
these positions: Seneca                     source director.                 and Marriott Resorts, Hos-       manager. Companies that
Food Corporation, Ralston                   Companies that hire for          pitals, YMCA, Golf               hire for these positions:
Purina Co., Farm Bureau                     these positions: Crop Pro-       Courses, Six Flags Great         The Mead Corporation,
Mutual Insurance, Archer-                   duction Services, John           Adventure, and the Walt          John Hancock Financial

Daniels-Midland Co., and                    Deere and Gerber Co.             Disney Company.                  Services, city governments
Dow Elanco.                                    Resource development             Packaging focusing on         and USDA Forest Service.
  Agricultural and natural                  and management focuses           food packaging, health              Food science focuses on
resources communications                    on policy analysis, plan-        care and pharmaceutical          the development of new
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