Careers in Agriculture
Future Leaders in Agriculture
In order to continue leading the world in the safe, efficient production of food, fiber and energy, it is extremely important that we work to develop strong leaders in science, public policy, education, economics, technology and more.
Many students have an interest in agriculture, but are hesitant to choose it as a career, often because they do not consider the wide range of career options in agriculture beyond the traditional ag careers of farming, ranching and veterinary medicine.
Whether you are interested in becoming a scientist, communications professional, accountant, attorney or salesperson, there can be an agricultural focus in any career.
Student agriculture organizations like FFA and 4-H are extremely effective at not only educating and inspiring students about agriculture, but also at developing strong, confident leaders who are well prepared for entry into numerous career fields. Each year we meet former members of local 4-H clubs and FFA chapters as they apply for the Imperial County Farm Bureau scholarships, and each year we are impressed by the caliber of these local students.
It is our goal to encourage those students who may not be attracted to a traditional production agriculture career to consider the many opportunities available in agriculture in any field, from accounting to biology, and from journalism to engineering.
Who goes into a career in agriculture?
Anyone! Whether you grew up on the seat of a tractor, or you’ve never seen a broccoli plant up close, a career in agriculture could be a perfect fit for you.
What kinds of jobs are there in the ag industry?
Just about anything you’d want. Do you like working outdoors with plants, animals and equipment? Are you at home in an office setting with the latest technology? Or is a lab coat more to your liking?
From tilling the ground and caring for animals to shaping public policy and using science to help increase water efficiency and food safety, there are thousands of career paths available in agriculture.
Why would I want to choose a career in ag?
Agriculture is about providing the world with a safe and efficient supply of food and fiber. What could be more rewarding than helping to protect natural resources, food safety and animal health, all at the same time?
Scholarships & Internships to help your Ag. Career
Local students who are enrolled in or entering college full-time preparing for an agriculture-related career are encouraged to apply for Imperial County Farm Bureau Scholarships, the California Farm Bureau Federation scholarships, or the American Farm Bureau Federation | Dodge | FFA scholarships.
Imperial County Farm Bureau administers six scholarship programs, which are available to Imperial County students entering or attending college in pursuit of a career in the agriculture industry.
Award amounts range from $250 - $3000, and the number of scholarships awarded each year varies. In 2017, 19 scholarships were awarded!
Applications are accepted in early spring of each year.
California Farm Bureau
CFBF scholarships are available to California residents who are entering or attending a four-year college or university in California in pursuit of a career in the agriculture industry.
Award amounts vary from year to year, but in recent years have ranged from about $1800 - $2750, with approximately 30 awarded each year.
For more details, visit the California Farm Bureau web site.
American Farm Bureau
The American Farm Bureau Federation offers several paid internships each summer in its offices in Washington, D.C.
Applications are typically available in the fall each year for the following summer.
For more information, visit the American Farm Bureau web site.