Why Work in Agriculture?
Indiana is the tenth-largest farming state in the nation. There are 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 supporting 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, wildlife, 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 relying on a repair professional. This allows them to save money and time.
Having effective communication and compassion helps motivate those around you. Either in the field or 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 various paperwork, including invoices, warranties, labor contracts, and payroll.
Career Pathways in Agriculture
A Few Industry Facts
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