Agriculture Careers

What is your future? Do you dream of owning your own business? Maybe you are the creative type, eager to make your mark with graphic design? Or perhaps you get excited by the idea of a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)? Would you be surprised to learn that all of those  (and more!) are career options within the agri-food sector?  Careers in agriculture and food are incredibly diverse… and they aren’t all on the farm.

The agriculture and food sector is at the leading edge of research and innovation to address global challenges. There are endless opportunities which will allow you to make a difference: feed the growing population, protect the environment, care for animals, or help people.

So go ahead…take a look through these profiles of real Canadians working in agriculture and food. You may just get a glimpse of what your future can hold.

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Agriculture Careers

Environmental Farm Plans

Environmental Farm Plans

Environmental Farm Plans help farmers identify their farms’ environmental strengths and weaknesses and make action plans for improvements. The goal is to minimize negative effects and risks to the environment while making positive changes to ensure the future of farming.

Glyphosate

Glyphosate

Glyphosate is one of the most widely used and effective herbicides (to kill weeds) used in the world today. 

Pesticides and the Environment

Pesticides and the Environment

Did you know most of the spray that comes out of a farmer’s sprayer is actually water? The amount of active ingredient (pesticide) is around a pop can per football field!

Irrigation

Irrigation

Irrigation is key to global food security. World-wide, irrigation produces 40% of global food supplies. In Canada, only 8.5% of Canadian farms use irrigation; the rest rely solely on rain for crop watering.

Conservation Tillage

Conservation Tillage

Soil is a farmer’s most valuable resource and advancements in tillage are helping farmers steward our soil for future generations.

Soil

Soil

It all depends on soil! Over the years, much of our precious topsoil eroded into ditches and waterways. Today, farmers are working hard to improve the land.

Water Management

Water Management

Protecting water is essential for sustainable agriculture – meeting the growing demand for food production while protecting the natural resources on which the world depends. 

Biosecurity

Biosecurity

Are you wondering why some farmers don’t want you to visit their chicken or pig barn? It is not because they have something to hide – it’s because they want to keep their animals healthy!

Chicken Housing

Chicken Housing

Wondering why chickens are sometimes kept in cages? Deciding on the best type of housing for chickens is complex and there are many factors that farmers take into account.

Irrigation Agrologist

Irrigation Agrologist

Jeff Ewen is an Irrigation Agrologist with a provincial Ministry of Agriculture. His work helps industry and governments come to better understand the direct agronomic challenges faced by producers along with practical solutions to these challenges.

Apiculture Specialist

Apiculture Specialist

Looking after bees is similar to solving a puzzle. There can be a variety of reasons why bees in a hive are not performing well, and it’s up to people like Geoff Wilson to find the right one. Geoff is a provincial specialist in apiculture, the study and management of honeybees, with a provincial Ministry of Agriculture. 

Watershed Technician

Watershed Technician

Katelyn earned a two-year college diploma in Renewable Resource Management.  Katelyn is now employed by the Assiniboine Watershed Stewardship Association (AWSA) as a Watershed Technician. Katelyn feels it is important for all farmers to be stewards of the land.

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