Promising New Careers: It all starts with a seed.


Farming practices of today and tomorrow rely on advanced science and technology to further improve the efficiency and productivity of this age-old livelihood.

In fact, the latest farm equipment runs on software, sensors, and satellites. Farmers are starting to take advantage of auto-driving tractors, crop-scouting drones, and weed-zapping lasers.

The ag industry creates lucrative jobs both on and off the farm, including high-tech careers in engineering, data science, biology, software development, and precision ag.

Other high-demand careers that may not seem directly farm-related include marketing, conservation, water quality, aquaponics, forestry, finance, and nutrition.

You don't need to grow up on farmland to land a job in ag!

132,105 JOBS IN AG IN SD

What starts as a single seed planted in the soil travels from our farm fields and rural communities into the streets and suburbs of our larger cities and urban areas.

Its impact makes its way…

  • into our convenience and grocery stores…
  • into restaurants and school cafeterias…
  • into the food we enjoy eating,
  • as well as the food we serve our pets and livestock…
  • and even into our vehicles as economical ethanol blends of fuel like E10 and E85.

And it all starts with a seed that grows into corn in South Dakota. This is farming.


Drive down any rural South Dakota road, and you’ll see the latest in efficient agricultural practices at work in the fields. And growers are using sophisticated methods and advanced precision ag technology like:

  • Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for precise, spatial reference of field characteristics.
  • Mapping software—or Geographic Information Systems (GIS)—for analysis and display of collected data.
  • Equipment fitted with Variable Rate Technology (VRT) to control input application rates according to location in the field.

Thanks to our farmers, more and more people worldwide are able to enjoy healthy food.

With precision ag, farmers have much greater control over their crops. These technologies allow farmers to:

  • Plant specific seeds on specific acres for better yields.
  • Precisely deliver a reduced quantity of nutrients and other inputs to plants.
  • Harvest more efficiently.
  • Collect data each season for use in next season’s planning.