Why Work in Agriculture?
There are just over 94,000 farmers in Indiana with more than 80 percent of land devoted to farms, forests and woodland. Agriculture contributes an estimated $31.2 billion to Indiana’s economy with raw materials like hardwood supports 70,000 jobs — 44,000 in primary and secondary manufacturing and 26,000 in ancillary sectors.
As a trial-and-error profession, farming requires strong problem-solving skills. With crops exposed to the elements, wild life, and other unforeseen obstacles, you always have to be ready to find solutions.
Mechanical and repairing
Having the ability to make regular repairs to things like buildings and equipment prevents the operation from having to rely on a repair professional. This allows them to save money and the time.
Having effective communication and compassion helps motivate those around you. Either in the field or in the lab, coaching abilities help others complete their duties. Interpersonal skills also help farmers effectively interact with buyers and build a community.
Like any business, farmers need good organizational skills to keep accurate records of a variety of paperwork. Some of this paperwork includes invoices, warranties, labor contracts and payroll.
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