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The work of agricultural consultants is, naturally, heavily dependent on the employment of farmers and farm managers, and the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a decline in employment for these workers through 2020. As farms consolidate and there are fewer farm families, the need for agricultural consultants may also decline. However, consultants may find opportunities working with rural nonfarming families and various suburban and city residents who are interested in specialty areas such as urban horticulture and gardening. Over the past decade, the public's growing desire for organic, locally grown food has enabled owners of small farms to sell directly to customers through regular farmers' markets and community-supported agriculture cooperatives, especially in urban areas. Agricultural consultants are vital in educating farmers about these opportunities.