Farms once employed large numbers of unskilled; relatively uneducated people, producing less per acre; and in a less sophisticated way.
Developments in science and technology have been changing how farming happens though. Today's industry is more sophisticated, mechanised and through application of modern technologies; the modern farm can produce a lot more per acre, with a lot less people working on the farm.
What does this mean?
What has Changed?
People traditionally entered farming because they were born into it. Growing up on a farm certainly gives you a unique perspective on farm practices; and the idea of son learning from father has worked well for thousands of years. This traditional approach to farming however, often doesn't work so well for the modern far,. Part of the reason may be because the things that a father knew so well in the past; may be largely redundant for the son to use in the future.
It is important to recognise that change is continuous in agriculture! All these things that have changed will undoubtedly continue to change.
When you work in agriculture you can either be someone who is working with and benefiting from change; or one who is disrupted by change!
Preparing for a Lifetime in Agriculture
It is impossible to predict the exact nature of opportunities in future farming. It is certain though that the opportunities will be greatest for people who have the following attributes:
You don't necessarily need a diploma or degree -but to excel you need a level of knowledge and skill that comparable to what a couple of years of full time study might bring -but also a good combination of diverse experiences beyond that.
Preparing for a lifetime in agriculture can take a lifetime -if you love learning; and keep learning and adapting; your chances of success will be great.
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