I am trying to figure out what exactly I want to do in life. I know for sure I'll be working in agriculture but don't know where. I would love to farm full-time but I don't have enough assests to do so. I am willing to settle for working at a career in the ag industry that yet allows me to farm part-time on the side. Like being able to get off to plant or harvest, etc. I was wondering if any of you had any ideas or thoughts that would allow such a life. Or what is your job title that you enjoy. Thank you so very much
If you want to farm - I suggest going to school and getting a "good" job. This may or may not be in ag. The reason for that last sentence is this - consider when your busiest times will be at work if you work in the ag world..... That would be - during planting and harvest seasons. Now - guess which times would be the hardest to get off as vacation..... :)
I chose the life of an engineer due to these same reasons - I now have a (very) good paying job, and have the flexibility of a schedule where I can tell my boss - "the sun is shining - I won't be in". I also have a bumper sticker outside my office that says "I'd rather be Farming" - it brings in a lot of good conversations with my city co-workers.
Just my 2 cents.
I agree with Craig I tryed to work as a john deere tech at a dealership and when your needed at the farm your needed there to. I stuck it out for five years before saying enough and went full time farming after my wife got a good steady job with insurance at a factory.
It can be done! I have done it before. When I first started milking cows, I worked for another farmer during the day, and that way I could milk my cows int he morning and night,but at the first barn I rented I did not have any land. When I rented my second farm it came with about 150 acres. I also worked for that guy while farming my 150 acres, so it is possible. I would recommend finding a farmer that you could help out durning the day or even maybe a local feed store could also help you.. Just keep looking and working at it and it will come true. Good luck
I would look at becoming an agronomist for a ag service company somewhere. That way, you can do the majority of your work ahead of time or after, and hours are typically pretty flexible. Working on another farm can get difficult, as you and your boss would want ot be doing 2 different tasks at ideal times.
If you focus on cash crops then look into a livestock job to help offset the busy times. I worked full time at a 700 sow unit then part time for a cash cropper. Also if you raise grain many times you can market it to the livestock operation. just be careful to not underbid your crop values.