Agricultural Consultants

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Agricultural consultants, sometimes known as agricultural extension service workers, live in rural communities and act as resources for farmers on a range of topics from agricultural technology to the issues facing the modern rural family. They are employed by either the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or by the department of agriculture and the agricultural colleges in that state. Agricultural consultants advise farmers on improved methods of agriculture and agricultural work such as farm management, crop rotation, soil conservation, livestock breeding and feeding, use of new machinery, and marketing. They assist individuals wishing to start their own farms, provide the most current agricultural advancements to the community, and speak to the community or local government groups on agricultural issues. They also supervise the work of family and community educators and young people's clubs such as 4-H, which is sponsored by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Agricultural Extension Service Workers
Duties Teach agriculture-related subjects on site to farmers and other agriculture workers; supervise the work of family and community educators and young people's clubs such as 4-H
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the United States, but especially in areas with a large number of farms
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Economics
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Organizational
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Director of Agriculture Extension Service or College Professor
  • Experienced Agricultural Consultant
  • Entry-Level Agricultural Consultant

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