We are very pleased to publish this guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive, NC. She has a passion for agriculture, and is an agricultural blogger, communication consultant, and...

A common question when considering a career path in agriculture is “do I want to work inside or outside?”. The answer is often, “well, both”.

I remember my perception when I graduated college was that if I wanted to be a true “professional” I needed to take an office job, however the idea of sitting in front of computer all day was depressing to me.

As with many things, I was completely wrong. There are PLENTY of very professional positions with great compensation and career prospects that involve working outside.

I was also wrong about all office jobs looking like a Dilbert comic. There are many office jobs that are exciting and challenging and will ensure that even the most restless person enjoys going to the office every day.

Here are five examples of careers in agriculture that will keep you engaged working both inside and outside. These also have great career prospects for those willing to do the work.

We are very pleased to publish this guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family’s small farm in Mount Olive, NC. She has a passion for agriculture, and is an agricultural blogger, communication consultant, and photographer.

Often times, the thought of an agricultural job brings up images of tractors, barns, corn, and livestock; however, this is an outdated view. Sure there are still cows, sows, and plows, but there are also a host of new opportunities in agriculture that have developed with technology. If you are in the market for an agricultural job, don't forget to check out these unique options.

We are very pleased to publish this guest post from Marisa Linton. Marisa grew up showing and raising livestock, and currently lives on her family's small farm in Mount Olive, NC. She has a passion for agriculture, and is an agricultural blogger, communication consultant, and photographer. School, parents, coaches, teachers, internships, mentors, events--these have probably helped develop skills and attributes that make you a desirable candidate for a job. If you have ever grown up showing livestock, you can add that to the list of impacts that helped train you for your career. From the barn at home to the show ring, many lessons are learned. Whether you realize it or not, showing livestock has developed skills and attributes that will help you succeed in getting a job.  Here are 15 attributes that will help you in almost any job...they also make great talking points in an interview!

With 2015 wrapping up, it’s now time to look ahead and plan for 2016.

2016 Ag Networking Calendar Blog PostNetworking is essential to success in any industry, and agriculture is no exception. Determining the cost/benefit of networking opportunities can be tricky, so to make it a little easier for you, I've developed this 2016 Ag Networking Calendar.

I went through each month and thought “if I could attend one, and ONLY one event every month this coming year, where would I go?” My answers to that question are below. You will notice I limited my list to just events in the U.S.

I don’t expect anyone to attend ALL of these (I certainly cannot), but I highly recommend going to at least one of them. Pick the event that best fits your interests, geography, and calendar. Let me know how it goes!

Few situations are more frustrating than applying for jobs and never hearing word back. Not too long ago, we posted a video about this problem. One of the reasons that this occurs, however, is because the applicant lacks the proper experience that the job requires.

Most of us have encountered this problem: the only way to get the job is experience, but the only way to get experience is to get the job. If you are applying for positions such as “Sales Manager”, “Senior Merchandiser”, or “Marketing Director” without the proper qualifications you will likely never hear back after submitting your resume.

So what do you do about it? You could just throw your hands up in the air and take the next available job that comes your way. OR, you could create a plan and take the first steps toward your ideal career.

The year was 2007. I graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Crop Science and Management with no job. My future wife had moved to Texas for veterinary school and I had procrastinated on deciding how I would start my career, and my time had expired.

Most of my friends had jobs waiting for them in California. My significant other lived out-of-state and I was always the type of person who wanted to be different, I lined up a couple of job interviews in Texas and the Midwest. I loaded up all my belongings in my pickup truck, and headed out to discover what my future had in store for me. There were plenty of job openings for graduates with an agricultural degree, but I still needed to decide what exactly I wanted. Did I want to live in Texas or stay in California? Should I limit my search to a really specific geography like College Station where she was going to Veterinary school? Or should I look at larger cities that would have more opportunities? What type of job did I really want anyway?

Not long ago, before the drought in places like California and Canada and the relentless rains we have been experiencing in parts of the delta and midwest, it seems the "ag talk" was dominated by divisions in the industry. I'm referring to debates about organic vs conventional, GMO vs Non-GMO, small vs large, etc.

My Facebook and Twitter feeds were non-stop propaganda advocating one type of agriculture being superior to another, and poking fun at, or worse, anyone who "did ag" differently.

Recent events have proven that the one true threat to agriculture is NOT going to come from within our industry. Everyone in production agriculture experiences the same risks and challenges such as weather, nutrition, the environment, pests, public perception, sustainability, marketing,  etc. This goes for whether your customer is the local elevator or the local farmers market.