In Summary - Agricultural Adviser
Agricultural Advisers typically work in the following Career Sectors:
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The Work - Agricultural Adviser
The work of the Agricultural Advisor involves working with farmers and agri-businesses to develop agriculture related activities in a particular part of the country.
In addition to the traditional farming enterprises, such as cattle, sheep, tillage and dairying, newer areas such as farm forestry, horticulture, alternative enterprises and rural or community development have increased in importance.
The Advisor will work with people through on-farm visits, group discussions, office and phone consultation and a variety of formal and informal training programmes. Local radio and press are important methods used in reaching a larger audience. Meetings seminars, classes, farm demonstrations and group sessions also play a major role in the day-to-day work of an advisor.
In addition to the above, an Agricultural Advisor will, in the course of his/her work play a major role in making essential information available on:-
- EU Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development schemes and programmes
- Environmental management and planning
- Environmental training programmes
- Cereal and livestock area aid schemes
- Alternative enterprise development
- Community Leadership
- Quality food assurance schemes
- Formal training courses
Agriculture Advisors frequently play a vital role in farm planning, for those who wish to participate in schemes or programmes and also assist farmers in completing applications or preparing maps.
Most commonly reported Work Tasks
- Change processes such as drying, grading, storing, or shipping to improve efficiency or profitability.
- Determine types or quantities of crops or livestock to be raised, according to factors such as market conditions, federal programs or incentives, or soil conditions.
- Direct crop production operations, such as planning, tilling, planting, fertilizing, cultivating, spraying, or harvesting.
- Direct the breeding or raising of stock, such as cattle, poultry, or honeybees, using recognized breeding practices to ensure stock improvement.
- Evaluate marketing or sales alternatives for farm or ranch products.
- Hire, train, or supervise workers engaged in planting, cultivating, irrigating, harvesting, or marketing crops, or in raising livestock.
- Inspect farm or ranch structures, such as buildings, fences, or roads, ordering repair or maintenance activities, as needed.
- Maintain financial, operational, production, or employment records for farms or ranches.
- Monitor activities such as irrigation, chemical application, harvesting, milking, breeding, or grading to ensure adherence to safety regulations or standards.
- Monitor pasture or grazing land use to ensure that livestock are properly fed or that conservation methods, such as rotational grazing, are used.
Interests - Agricultural Adviser
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
You will need practical experience and a sound knowledge of farm management. In addition, communication skills, both written and spoken, including the ability to persuade and influence, are important. You will need to have a commercial outlook because agricultural advisers/consultants sell their services, as well as computer literacy. A driving licence is very useful.
Entry Requirements - Agricultural Adviser
Pay & Salary - Agricultural Adviser
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 25k - 50k
Last Updated: March, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Useful Contacts - Agricultural Adviser
Public Appointments Service
Teagasc - Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine