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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Technical Development Specialist

Technical Development Specialist

Kevin works as a Technical Development Specialist with BASF. His main role is technology transfer – moving information and products from the researcher who created them to the farmer who will use them. 

When he was finished high school Kevin knew he wanted to pursue a career in either chemical engineering or agriculture – he now knows he chose the better of the two options. He went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and later a Master of Sciences. While in university, Kevin was employed as a summer research assistant with BASF and then Monsanto. This work experience played a major role in helping to secure a good job when he finished university. Once he completed his studies, Kevin searched for full-time work, leading him to a position with BASF.

Kevin works as a Technical Development Specialist with BASF, one of the world’s leading crop protection companies. His main role is technology transfer – moving information and products from the researcher who created them to the farmer who will use them. Kevin functions as the middleman between the research team, the marketing and sales staff and the producer, providing technical training on new products and support as needed. For example, if there are questions about product application, he works with the producer and the researchers at BASF to find a solution.

Kevin believes the perks of working in agriculture are obvious. It is an exciting, growing industry, with plenty of opportunities. He has found the industry, and his employer, to emphasize professional development. BASF is currently supporting Kevin as he pursues his professional agrologist designation and takes a certified crop science consultant course.

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