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Farming is an incredibly diverse profession. There are many different types of crops and animal breeds that can be farmed, and many ways of doing it. This means there are all sorts of job roles within farming, and all sorts of opportunities for people to get involved. Farming provides us with almost all of our food, and much of what is required for clothing, fuel and other necessities for our daily living.
Agriculture is often described as the backbone of the economy. This is because its primary role is food production. Every human being in the world needs to eat, so every single person relies on agriculture.
Some of the reasons why agriculture is so important are:
Although the terms ‘farming’ and ‘agriculture’ are often used interchangeably, there is a slight difference.
Farming is a part of agriculture, but not all agriculture involves farming.
Farming is about everything associated with growing plants and animals, like:
As well as the day-to-day operations and management of farms:
Agriculture is a broader area. As well as farming, it includes research and scientific study of things like:
These days, what constitutes farming, and agriculture more broadly, is evolving. Farmers don’t just grow field crops or rear livestock, but they have set down roots in other related areas. Some of these are:
Basically, anything that can be grown, and used in some way, can be an extension of farming.
One way of distinguishing farming practices is to distinguish between conventional and organic farming systems. Let’s look at a quick breakdown of how this is done.
Conventional farming is often described as:
Organic farming may be summed up as:
There is a strong argument in today’s world for more farmers to use organic growing practices. This is because they are more sustainable and do less harm to the environment. The flip side is the produce is more expensive because it is labour-intensive and produces lower yields. It also takes a long time for organic measures to improve soils.
However, high input conventional farming can have negative impacts such as water pollution, higher greenhouse gas emissions, and soil erosion. Ultimately, it can be detrimental to human health and wellbeing.
Of course, not all conventional farmers use high inputs. Farmers that practice integrated pest management (IPM) reduce the use of chemical pesticides. For these farmers, pesticides are considered as a last resort when natural pest control measures fail.
Other farmers have adopted low input farming systems where they may use herbicides to control weeds but do not use plant growth regulators or fungicides.
So, there are many ways to farm, and it is often a case of figuring out the best way to do it with the resources available.
People who work in this sector can be involved in the production, storage, processing, marketing, and distribution of a range of agricultural products.
As you can see, whether you work as a farmer or an agriculturist, there are many different things you could be involved in. That’s what makes this industry so alluring.
Most people who work with animals or plants, whether in the field or in the laboratory, will tell you how much they enjoy their work.
Some different types of jobs include:
This is just a sample. There are many other jobs, as well as peripheral jobs.
Being a part of the industry gives you the opportunity to make choices that can impact on not only your community, but on the wider world.
By learning about and implementing sound farming practices, or being involved more generally in the industry, you could be:
Is it time you got involved and began to make a difference?
There are many routes into farming. Some people choose to start their own farming business, others might begin by labouring or fruit picking on a farm, but for many taking some study can help to get a foot in the door.
Having some formal learning increases your chances of employment. It gives employers confidence that you have met some knowledge requirements, and it shows them that you are keen to learn.
Why not begin your journey into farming, or diversify your current skillset, by doing some distance learning?
We have a broad range of farming and related courses.
They can all be completed in your own time, at your own pace, at your own place.
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