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.