The Agriculture Council of America sponsors National Ag Day March 21, 2017, to celebrate the abundance that the agriculture industry provides to the country.
CareerOneStop is bringing special attention to the careers that support the agriculture industry, and that are responsible for helping to grow and develop the agricultural products we all benefit from every day.
The Agriculture Council hopes that by recognizing Ag Day, Americans will better:
- Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
- Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
- Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
Why celebrate agriculture? For starters:
- Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.
- By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.
- Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people … a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more – and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.
Ready to sign on for an Ag career?
CareerOneStop offers detailed information about many different Ag occupations, including these (select your state for local information):
- Agricultural Equipment Operators
- Agricultural Inspectors
- Animal Breeders
- Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
- Animal Scientists
You can also watch videos to learn about even more Ag careers on CareerOneStop. Select the Agriculture and Natural Resources tab and you’ll find a wide range of agriculture-related occupations represented, including:
- Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
- Buyers Purchasing Agents – Farm Products – NEW!
- Conservation Scientists – NEW!
- Farm Equipment Mechanics
- Farm Labor Contractors – NEW!
- Farmers, Ranchers, and other Agricultural Managers – NEW!
- Nursery Workers
- Plant Scientists
- Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products