Agricultural Career Possibilities
Bill Van Loo, MS
Sr. Extension Educator
Cornell University Cooperative Extension
St Lawrence County
What Is Agriculture?
Agriculture is the process of
producing food, fiber and other
desired products by the cultivation
of certain plants and the raising of
domesticated animals (livestock).
The practice of
are also said to
be engaged in
What is Agribusiness?
Agribusiness is the activity of providing
goods, services, equipment and research;
involving financial, commercial and
industrial aspects of agriculture. Also, the
activity of further processing agricultural
products into food and medicines.
Agriculture covers many areas and
can get very complicated. An
example would be the Dairy Value
A career in agriculture or one
supporting agriculture can cover
many facets and interest areas!
As many as 250 possibilities can
There are some basic and necessary
requirements for a successful career
Successful graduation from high school,
from BOCES or a vocational agricultural
program, is a good start.
Integrity, honesty and
responsibility when handling
food and money.
Be able to do basic calculations while on
Need to enjoy the outdoors and work with
living things such as plants and animals.
Basic computer skills using word
processing and spreadsheets are a
necessity when working in modern
Budgeting and budget management ability
is a top priority.
A knowledge and awareness of
regulations affecting the area of work is
a huge asset.
A keen interest and a willingness to
understand the industry is a valuable
John Wicke General Manager
Penski Inc. Personnel Services
Penski places over 1500 employees annually
from locations in Potsdam, Massena, Malone,
Ogdensburg and Watertown.
Here are John’s views on being a good
employee in the ag