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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster

The production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Career Pathways within this Cluster:

  • Natural Resources and Environmental Service Systems - People who work in the natural resource systems pathway perform a variety of tasks from helping to develop, maintain, and manage the forest and natural environment to catching and trapping various types of marine life for human consumption, animal feed, bait and other uses. Forest and rangelands supply wood products, livestock forage, minerals and water; serve as sites for recreational activities; and provide habitats for wildlife. Conservation scientists and foresters manage, develop, use and help protect these and other natural resources. Environmental Service Systems workers are involved in pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health. They conduct hazardous-waste management studies, analysis, and research environmental projects.

  • Power, Structural and Technical Systems - People who work in the power, structural and technical systems pathway apply knowledge of engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, power, structures, and controls to the field of agriculture. They design agricultural structures as well as machinery and equipment. They develop ways to conserve soil and water and to improve the processing of agricultural products.

  • Food Products and Processing Systems - People who work in the food products and processing pathway discover new food sources, analyze food content and develop ways to process, preserve, package or store food according to industry and government regulations. They create new food products to meet consumer needs and inspect food- processing areas to ensure that sanitation, safety, quality and waste management standards are met.

  • Agribusiness Systems - Agribusiness Systems workers use technology to coordinate all activities that contribute to production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities.

  • Animal Systems - People who work in the animal systems pathway work to develop better, more efficient ways of producing and processing meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products. They study genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth and development of domesticated farm animals. Some individuals inspect and grade livestock food products, purchase livestock or work in technical sales or marketing.

  • Plant Systems - People who work in the plant systems pathway study plants and their growth, helping producers of food, feed and fiber crops continue to feed a growing population while conserving natural resources and maintaining the environment. Individuals in this pathway also develop ways to improve the nutritional value of crop sand the quality of seeds. They use genetic engineering to develop crops resistant to pest

and drought.

(www.careerclusters.org)

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