Jobs in agriculture are diverse. Examples include: Farmer, Herd Manager, Food Inspector, Veterinarian, Agronomist, Horticulturalist, Plant Breeder, Livestock Buyer, Agricultural Engineer, Food Scientist, Nutritionist, Mechanic, Sales & Marketing, Banker, and Accountant.
“GEN AG is an amazing pilot program which is running in four Island senior high schools,” Marilyn Balderston says. “The students work in groups and act as marketing companies whose challenge is to inspire their peers to consider careers in agriculture. Farm Canada Credit is sponsoring the program, which is also in Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan.”
Agriculture Employment Officers are busy from May to November helping farmers post jobs to the council’s website and matching job seekers with farms. “There are many jobs to be filled here on PEI. Even though there’s mechanization and technology on the farm, farmers still need reliable, skilled people to keep the farm going.”
Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month is held in different schools across PEI in March. “Volunteers visited Grade 3 classrooms to read a book about agriculture and share their farming Ag-related experiences.
“The same type of reading program was held in Island libraries. Grade 3 students were also invited to Agriculture Adventure Days at the end of March. They got up close to animals and farm machinery, and they learned from many PEI commodity groups. It helped children understand where their food comes from while having a positive experience with their teacher, classmates, agriculture volunteers, and PEI farmers.”
For more information, visit https://genag.ca/en-ca