CHOOSING A CAREER / OCT. 04, 2016
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So You Want to Be a Farmer: Courses and Colleges for Aspiring Aggies

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Have you ever considered becoming a farmer? It might seem crazy, but it can actually be an extremely well paid job! Perhaps you should think about it!

We will always need agriculture to be able to feed a growing population, so it could turn out to be an inspired and lucrative move to consider training to become a farmer.

Amongst the many perks of working the land and enjoying the great outdoors, is the fact that you will probably get the chance to drive a vehicle like the Ram 3500. But before you get to that point, you will have to choose what aspect of farming you want to get into and which courses will help you to fulfil that ambition.

Starting Out

When you first get started on any new career path, it can seem quite daunting, and when it comes to farming, it is easy to be a bit perplexed by your options when you look at the various disciplines that all come under such a generic term.

A fundamental difference would be whether you are interested in keeping livestock or growing crops.

If you are really not sure what would appeal to you, in particular, it makes good sense to attend some workshops and seminars, where you will be able to talk to some existing farmers and others who have already made their mind up.

Getting this valuable feedback and career information could help you decide which path you want to take in your pursuit of a farming career.

Support and Mentorship

You should be able to find financial support and mentorship programs, to help you to get started as a farmer.

You will need to check with your local farmer’s federation as well as relevant local government departments, to establish exactly what help is available and what criteria you need to satisfy to get financial help or become part of a mentorship program.

Economic development and trade is a key driver in our economy, and agricultural enterprises are often encouraged, so make sure that you get every available pillar of support, financial and otherwise, that you are entitled to.

Learning How to Farm

Farming has evolved, and we no longer see a succession of farming dynasties where the skills and the farmland are passed on to the next generation.

It is now commonplace to see people with no previous farming background in their family, deciding to learn the skills they need to farm from scratch.

With so many different options available including full-time degrees and diplomas in agricultural science at a number of universities and colleges across the country, the opportunities are there.

Whether you come from a farming background or have no prior knowledge of the industry at all, there is now a clearly defined learning and support network available where you can find a way to acquire the farming skills you need, in a way that works for you.

Becoming a farmer could be a wise career move, and there are certainly opportunities available to allow you to pursue your agricultural dreams and aspirations.

Have you ever thought of becoming a farmer? Has this article changed your mind? Let us know in the comments section below...

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