Agriculture careers today are a lot different than they were just a few decades ago. And the changes will keep coming as agriculture continues to grow even more sophisticated, often requiring complex science skills, along with logistical and technical know-how.
Caneyville 4th graders learned about this firsthand when they visited Larry Embry’s Longview Farms, where they got an up-close look at a successful, local dairy operation.
The focus of the trip was to emphasize the importance of a college education for a career in agriculture. Embry has a degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, and he talked with students about his own education, as well as the role of technology in today’s agricultural industry. He got an assist from nephew Ross Embry, a recent GCHS graduate, and currently a sophomore at EKU, where he is majoring in Agricultural Economics.
Agriculture degrees offer a variety of career options not only in farming, but in business, engineering, health and nutrition, and even fields as seemingly unrelated as tourism and textiles. A bachelor’s degree will typically provide an entrance into the wide-ranging opportunities that exist today in agriculture. More technical areas may require additional education and training. With so many options, Ag majors are in-demand in many fields.