FFA Agronomy Career Development Event

AGRONOMY CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENT

What is it?

Choose this CDE to build and prove your skills in agronomic sciences. Participants complete a 50-question written exam; identify seeds, insects, soils and crops; demonstrate knowledge of agronomic management and solve a practical problem.

Career Opportunities

Career Clusters: Agricultural and Forestry Production, Management and Financial Specialties, Marketing, Merchandising, and Sales, Science and Engineering, Education and Communication.

Career opportunities found in the career cluster areas:

Agricultural and Forestry Production –agronomist, cotton producer, certified seed grower, tobacco grower, pest control technician, field inspector, harvest contractor, aerial crop duster.

Management and Financial Specialties – crop processing supervisor, field crops consultant, agricultural economist, agricultural market analyst, agricultural extension agent.

Marketing, Merchandising, and Sales – grain buyer, field sales representative- crop production, grain elevator operator, tobacco buyer, commodity broker.

Science and Engineering – entomologist, agricultural aviator.

Education and Communication – postsecondary teacher, farm broadcaster, editor/writer for an agronomy publication.

 

Educational Requirements

High School Diploma & Industry Training – cotton producer, certified seed grower, tobacco grower.

Associates Degree – crop duster, aerial crop duster, agricultural aviator,

Bachelor of Science Degree – entomologist, agronomist, pest control technician, field inspector, harvest contractor, crop processing supervisor, field crops consultant, agricultural economist, agricultural extension agent, grain buyer, field sales representative- crop production, farm broadcaster, editor/writer for an agronomy publication.

Graduate Degree – agricultural market analyst, commodity broker, postsecondary teacher.

SAE Opportunities

Conducting germination tests on crop’s and making recommendations to farmer’s regarding planting, raising any type of crop, detassling corn, producing seed and selling it, conducting pesticide tolerance tests on a crop, raising an herb garden and selling them at a farmer’s market, harvesting wildflower seeds and marketing them, employment at a farm that produces crops.

Proficiency Award Areas

Diversified Crop Production, Fiber and/or Oil Crop Production, Specialty Crop Production, Forage Production, and Grain Production.

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