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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Precision Agronomist

Precision Agronomist

Katie MacMillan is a Precision Agronomist with Farmers Edge. Her company provides agronomy and Variable Rate Technology services to farmers, connecting technology with traditional agronomic practices. 

Katie MacMillan is a Precision Agronomist with Farmers Edge. Her company provides agronomy and Variable Rate Technology services to farmers, connecting technology with traditional agronomic practices. Katie understands the role Canada plays in a safe and nutritious food supply and takes pride in helping producers grow their crop the best, most sustainable way possible. 

Katie has a bachelor of science in agribusiness. She graduated in 2011 and since then has taken the certified crop science consultant course

Katie is responsible for providing producers with services and advice on how to get maximum yields in the most sustainable way possible. She says the best part of her job is having the opportunity to build relationships with farmers in her area. Katie relies heavily on technology to complete her daily tasks, doing things like using satellite imagery to create production maps, writing fertility recommendations for fields, delivering variable rate prescriptions to farmers, scouting fields, collecting samples for tissue testing and soil sampling. During the fall and winter, soil sampling and planning for the upcoming crop season keeps her busy, as well as attending producer meetings and visiting farm shows across Canada.

Katie sees agriculture as one of the most exciting and innovative fields to be in. Growing up on a farm, she was exposed to agriculture her whole life and it was her first career choice, but said she sees immense opportunity in agriculture for people who do not come from a farming background as well.

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