Agricultural Extension Supervisor
Main Topic: Places and Regions
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: Agricultural extension supervisors play a crucial role in promoting agricultural productivity, increasing food security, improving rural livelihoods, and promoting agriculture as an engine of economic growth. Agricultural extension supervisors are responsible for advising, instructing, and assisting individuals and families engaged in agriculture or agricultural-related processes. Fieldwork may involve working around large animals and large equipment, which implies some risk of injury while performing their job duties. Some knowledge of animal behavior and farm equipment safety can help to reduce the chance of injury. Agricultural extension supervisors may be required to travel quite a bit to perform their job duties, especially if they are assigned to a large territory. Travel may be for the purpose of visiting farms, ranches, hatcheries, dairies, stables, orchards, fields, bee farms, aquaculture facilities, and a variety of other agricultural business locations during their day.
Some duties include: schedule and make periodic visits to farmers, demonstrate feeding techniques and instruct on proper health maintenance of livestock, demonstrate and teach proper growing and harvesting practices, advise farmers concerning financial planning and management, assist farmers with soil and herbage collection for sampling purposes, assist farmers with the purchase and sale of supplies and goods, conduct agricultural research, analyze data, and prepare research reports based on findings, act as an advocate for farmers or farmers' groups, and conduct field demonstrations of new products, techniques or services.
Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Environmental Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Regional Geography, Environmental Management
Skills: Natural Resource Management
Written by Christopher Hinojosa