Careers in Agribusiness Systems typically focus on utilizing innovative technology in order to increase profitability and efficiency. Agribusiness is the coordination of all activities that contribute to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities and resources. This includes food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products and services. Agribusiness is a high-tech industry that uses satellite systems, computer databases and spreadsheets, biotechnology, and many other innovations to increase efficiency and profitability.
Individuals choosing this pathway may serve as coordinators who oversee and contribute to the production, processing, distribution, marketing, financing, and development of agricultural merchandise and resources. These resources might include food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, and other plant and animal products and services. Other businesspeople may be involved with the manufacturing of farm equipment, machinery and supplies. This career pathway is usually best suited for people who like working in large groups and may end up being hired with a corporate agricultural company or business.
Market pressures will continue the long-term trend toward consolidation into fewer and larger farms and ranches over the next decade. Good opportunities will continue for people in agribusiness who support the production of agricultural commodities.
Some of the popular careers in the Agribusiness Systems pathway include:
• Agribusiness manager
• Grain buyer
• Equipment sales
• Farm labor contractor
• Ag finance specialist
• Loan officer
• Farm business manager
• Agricultural journalist
Not everyone who works in agribusiness has the opportunity to grow up on a farm or ranch. Many receive their agricultural work experience from on-the-job training and college courses in agriculture. Both will prove valuable to those preparing for a career in agribusiness. Other career preparation may include college degrees, technical school certificates or business school.
Experience in and knowledge of the business world is key to a career in this pathway. FFA marketing plan, farm business management, agricultural issues and agricultural communications career development events are among the many ways you can learn more about the field of agribusiness and interact with industry professionals. High school business courses, including computer science, desktop publishing and typing class, will also prove beneficial in the long term, as will an advanced knowledge of computers and software programs.