Best Agricultural College or Course and how to Become a Farmer

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Updated October 12, 2017

The agriculture industries net income will rise 12% According to the USDA’s latest stats on agriculture from 2016 to 2017

If you look back in your family tree it is most likely that farming will pop-up closer in your geneology than you realize. For instance, my great grandfather owned a 80 acre farm in Ohio, but it was sold by his children only a few years after his passing. I was unable to explore the vast open land and experiment in the dirt, while knowing where my food comes from.

If you ask most children today where food comes from I am sure that you would get an answer that follows:

  • McDonalds
  • The delivery man
  • Well, the grocery store, of course!
  • My mommy brings it home in plastic bags

This is not surprising that most children probably to not understand that all food has to be raised, cultivated, or processed (milk, cheese, etc…) in order for us to continue living.

Now, consider the amount of people working within this industry and the amount of people consuming this industry:

The current population in America is 326,766,748 and only 2% of those individuals are involved in the agriculture industry.

The questions begs to be asked…”How will 2% feed 100%!

This is not an article about the doom of food shortage in America, because upon reading The Organic Manifest, by Maria Rodale I quickly came to realize that we are not in a food shortage (the USDA pays farmers to not sell their crops in some instances, but we will talk about this another time)….

The reason for this article is opportunity…

With only 2% of America in the agriculture industry, and the avg median age falling at 58 years old there will be jobs on the horizon in the agriculture sector like you wouldn’t believe.

Jobs on the Horizon in the Agriculture sector!

Future jobs are always concerned with automation, ai, and the tech craze, but if you get back to the roots of our four primary needs as human beings you will find a need for:

  • Eating
  • Drinking
  • Sleeping
  • Procreation

Farming is the only job in history that provides these four basic needs to its worker.

Before we move into the opportunity aspect lets highlight a few more statistics:

  • Avg Age of Farmers: 58
  • Population of Farmer estimated at 3,300,000
  • Farmers Under 25: 12,000
  • Amount of Farmers 25 – 54 years old estimated at 575,000

It is time to move into the Agriculture industry!

The need for Farmers to pass on their farming business to an individual motivated to pursue entrepreneurship and agriculture is growing by the day.

Educational Resources:

A desire to put in the work is going to be one of your strongest qualifications as an individual looking to pursue the agriculture industry, but there are also the added benefits of courses and classes that will help you jump-start your agriculture career.

1 ) Basic Biology : You must understand how life functions

As much as we want to just put our hands in the dirt and start yielding crops there are basic concepts in biology and botany that one must understand to have a successful career in farming. Take this course online from Rice university to nail down your biology knowledge.

Biology Part 1 from Rice University ===>

 

2 ) Sustainable Food Security: Crop Production

Get your hands into the mix and learn about the need and practical applications to sustainable farming. By becoming more familiar with what is needed in the food economy take a course to familiarize yourself! IT is one thing to desire to be a farmer or herdsmen, it is another thing to know why and the specific path you want to take. Ignite your curiosity.

Learn the basics of crop production and how we will feed the future ===>

 

3 ) Get on the Field of Agriculture (Intern/Mentorship)

Once you take these initial classes and figure out what field of study your are interested in you are going to want to get connected with farmers and begin pursuing possible internships. This is key if you want to land a big opportunity and earn some street credit in the agriculture industry!

A Great Video on Farming Mentorship:

Don’t wait any longer to get started. As these farmers are quickly heading towards retirement they will be looking for ambitious young people to take over there farms!

Resources:

https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Online_Resources/Highlights/Farm_Demographics/
(Last Modified: 05/16/2017)

https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/farm-economy/farm-sector-income-finances/farm-sector-income-forecast/

http://www.youngfarmers.org/

 

There are 3 basic needs in your education and experience portfolio for you to become a farmer.

1. The First need is a solid foundational understanding of biology. Farming is the simple practice of cultivating the earth in order to produce a crop that will in return feed yourself and others. so, it is best to have a foundation in the way this process all takes place on a cellular level in order to know how your efforts are being translated to that basic scientific level.This is key. Because if you don’t understand this level than you are simply putting seeds in dirt, watering them with on unknown amount of water and and just hoping they will grow. Biology will give you the facts you need to succeed.

2. The second helpful course is botany or understanding the production of crops. Both are extremely helpful, but the production of crops and sustainability will be very helpful to diving into the practice of farming. You need to be learning the best ways to conserve your resources on the farm and prepare against drought, pests, and disease.

3. The third thing you will want to do is begin a mentorship or internship with a farmer to begin receiving hands on application of your knowledge. You will receive wealth of information unable to be found in the class room directly from the field of an individual that has made it their livelihood to produce a crop in order to live. Here you will learn how to survive and thrive as a farmer. This mentorship is key to receiving a career in farming because whoever you mentor is will have gone through a lot of mistakes and a lot of victories, and you want to know these in order to have the strongest foundation for your career in farming.

Now, What is the best agricultural college or course for a career in farming? A Farmer will want to know that you have foundational understanding of biology, crops, and botany. As far as a college degree is concerned, a diploma is usually only required for large Agricultural company that is looking for a specific engineer, or bio-researcher. if you are looking towards that career than you will want to pursue a completely different path.

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