6 online master's programs in agriculture you must know aboutHave you thought about pursuing advanced education in agriculture but just haven’t had the time or accessibility? You may have heard it said that the master’s degree is the new bachelor’s. With agribusiness constantly advancing and employees seeking advancements in their careers, a master’s degree or an advanced certificate of some kind is growing increasingly attractive to both employers and businesses. But what institutions do you consider for this kind of education? What college will have your specific needs? And how can you pursue that kind of education without leaving your current job? The answer to these questions can be found in AgCareers.com’s University Partners. In this program for distance education, you’ll find six online master’s programs in agriculture that are both highly respected and highly effective. Take a closer look:


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Published on March 7th, 2017

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rachael powellNew to the AgCareers.com team is Rachael Powell who serves as the Data Analyst – HR Solutions. Rachael has been with AgCareers.com for two months and works from the Clinton, North Carolina office.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
So far some of the projects I have worked on are the National Pork Board Compensation and HR Practices Report and the Agribusiness HR Review. My other main task will be to aid in the completion of the Compensation Benchmark Review.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
I enjoy that I get to help compile information that will help ag companies throughout North America make more informed decisions.
 
What advice would you give to job seekers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
There are over 5,000 jobs posted on AgCareers.com. Take the time to diligently think about what would be the best career move. Tailor your resume so that it speaks to the strengths you possess that employers are looking for. If you need help, browse through the many resources listed under the job seeker tab.


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Published on February 3rd, 2017

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ag marketing specialist Jennifer BadgerJennifer Badger works as Agricultural Marketing Specialist for the South Carolina Department of Agriculture in Columbia. She has been in this role for nearly a year, but she has been working in agricultural marketing since August 2012. In this interview, she shares a bit about her career path as well as advice for young ag marketing professionals.

 

What made you interested in this career path?

 

I became interested in this career path in high school while taking marketing and agricultural vocational classes. I was very involved at my local Brevard, NC FFA chapter so upon graduation I left to study Agricultural Business Management at North Carolina State University. Marketing came more naturally to me than accounting or economics, which were also parts of my business degree, but that fact coupled with my involvement on the yearbook staff at the high school and collegiate levels, I just enjoy the communication and marketing side of ag business more. These subjects along with agricultural science classes are all very important to my current job, but I really enjoy the personal connections that ag marketing establishes.


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Published on January 31st, 2017

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AgCareers.com Tools for Busy Job SeekersYou’ve likely heard the saying that finding a job is a job in itself, right? Well if you utilize AgCareers.com, we cut out some of that legwork for you. Here are the best AgCareers.com tools for busy job seekers.

 

*We HIGHLY recommend that you set up an AgCareers.com account in order to utilize all of these awesome tools. It doesn’t take too long, and you can do so by visiting this page.

 

Advanced Search: Tired of job search engines that don’t offer criteria specific enough to the exact type of job you’re looking for? AgCareers.com’s Advanced Search option allows you to choose from criteria including industry sector, industry type, career type, years’ experience required, country, region, state or province, and more. Visit AgCareers.com and utilize the advanced search option next time you visit.


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Published on January 10th, 2017

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Surinder SinghSurinder Singh serves as AgCareers.com’s web developer. He has been with the copmany since May 2016 and works in the Guelph, Ontario office.

 

What do you do on a day-to-day basis with AgCareers.com?

 

My primary responsibility is resolving the issues reported with the AgCareers.com website and internal administration panel which is used by our team. I manage tickets on an ongoing basis, and perform routine clean-up and troubleshooting. My other responsibilities include managing the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) communications, relationships with third party vendors, working with end client’s tech groups, and communication between technology and AgCareers team.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?

 

I enjoy troubleshooting the issues that are reported by our sales team, resolving and successfully deploying those on our production environment. I love my job as a customer service representative for ATS/Feeds and communication with our team across the continent.

 

What advice would you give to job seekers utilizing AgCareers.com for the first time?

 

I don’t interact with job seekers directly on a one-on-one basis, but I would like to advise them to understand that the agriculture and food industry is one of the top growing industries with many job opportunities. We are the leading job board in agriculture with more than 5,000 jobs posted each month, so every job seeker who is seeking opportunities in agriculture must visit AgCareers.com.


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Published on January 3rd, 2017

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Ag Social Media Accounts to FollowAt AgCareers.com, we really stress to our audience (and our employees) the importance of career education. While many of us are often caught up in our professional lives, it’s important to remember continued growth. A great way to continue to learn about the agricultural field as well as professional development is to follow particular social media accounts geared toward your interests as well as career preparation. The following are some social media accounts that I would recommend if you are interested in becoming a more well-rounded professional ready for anything from writing a resume, an interview, or your first performance review. Or just follow some of these accounts to get a better idea of what your industry is really like.

 

1. AgCareers.com

 

Shameless plug: follow AgCareers.com on our available social networks. Whether you’re looking for career development and preparation or agricultural knowledge, you’ll find it all with AgCareers.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Also, if you’re interested in relocating to or already reside in Australia, we have an AgCareers.com Australia Twitter account.


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Published on December 16th, 2016

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Meet Ashley CollinsAshley Collins, AgCareers.com’s Education & Marketing Manager, has been with the company full-time for nearly 12 years. In 2004 Ashley worked for eight months as the first AgCareers.com intern. She works from a home office in North Carolina.
 
What do you do on a day-to-day basis in your role with AgCareers.com?
 
A typical day could include corresponding with stakeholders of our business whom I manage our relationship with such as National FFA, AFA, STEM Connector and the National Teach Ag Campaign. Or it could include working with some of the companies that utilize us that have an interest in recruiting or retaining young people into their businesses. It could also include working on market research projects like our internship benchmark survey, or high demand career profiles. Another day could be filled with conference calls or face-to-face meetings with clients, stakeholders or speaking to a group of students either attending a national conference or on their campus via a virtual visit.

 

What do you enjoy about working with AgCareers.com?
 
I enjoy that the core of our business helps people achieve their career goals. Our job board, the market research we publish, our social media outreach is all part of providing a service that helps people.

 

What advice would you give to job seekers using AgCareers.com for the first time?
 
Even if you’re not currently looking for a job, watch our website and monitor the jobs that are posted. Job demand can be a great indicator of what’s happening in the industry. You can tell a lot about the direction that companies are taking based upon the volume and type jobs that they post.

 


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Published on December 2nd, 2016

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veterans in agricultureHappy Veterans’ Day and Remembrance Day! On behalf of AgCareers.com, I want to say thank you to all who have served their country so that we may enjoy the freedoms and livelihoods that we have.

 

AgCareers.com is very dedicated to the employment and advancement of military veterans in agriculture. Since 2012, we have carried the Ag Warriors program forward, assisting military men and women in search of careers within the agriculture and food industries. We have partnered with leading agricultural employers including CHS, Inc., DuPont Pioneer, and Tyson Foods to promote the active recruitment and employment of veterans in agriculture.

 

AgCareers.com also recently completed a survey entitled “Veterans & Military Professionals in the Agricultural Workplace.” You can view the full results here, or a quick snapshot, but as a summary, it’s important that veterans know that agricultural employers want to hire them. Here are some key findings from the survey that veterans can take note of:


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Published on November 11th, 2016

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scary work situationsOh the horror! As an employee, you’re bound to run into your share of terrifying moments. Telling your boss you’re taking another job can be as scary as seeing Michael Myers watching you from down the street. Asking for a raise can be more frightening than The Blob! Here are a few scary work situations you might experience and how to be prepared to handle them.

 

Telling Your Boss You’re Leaving: Putting in your two weeks notice can make you nervous, because it could be difficult to do without burning bridges. Your boss might even be the reason you decided to leave in the first place but are not sure how to tell them. Remaining positive and being upfront are key to creating a smooth transition with your soon-to-be former employer. Check out this post for more tips to ease the anxiety of this scary work situation.

 

Asking for a Raise: Now, hopefully, the worst thing about asking for a pay raise is that your supervisor will say “no.” But let’s be honest: if they say no, it can also leave you with a bruised ego. Prepare for the meeting (and you should prepare a formal meeting to discuss this, by the way), by asking yourself these three questions.


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Published on October 31st, 2016

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women in agriculture by krysta hardenAuthor’s Note: Krysta Harden, former Deputy Secretary of United States Agriculture and current Vice President Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer with DuPont, gave an interview for the 2016 AgCareers.com Ag & Food Career Guide concerning women in agriculture today. Since we were unable to publish the full interview in the article, it is given below.

 

Tell me about your agricultural journey. What has your career looked like over the years?

 

I grew up on a farm in southwest Georgia. My parents are still there so I have a direct connection to agriculture and folks trying to make a living on the land. During the 1980s when I was deciding what to study in college and what type of career I wanted, Ag was going through very difficult financial times. My parents encouraged me to do something other than agriculture. So I took another track, I attended the University of Georgia and studied journalism. I was drawn to Washington, D.C. and had interest in working on Capitol Hill. Working on the Hill gave me the opportunity to support and influence agriculture through policy even if I was not physically working on the farm. My heart is still there. I have seen the difficulties farmers face and I’ve dedicated my career to helping them.


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Published on October 18th, 2016

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