by Luke Greiner~


While growing up on a farm, I didn’t really understand the interconnections of agriculture.  It did help me to appreciate the vital role that farming plays in the success of our economy, however.  This is easy to understand, though: when farmers have a good year, so do the establishments they do business with.


Farming is an economic engine for Central Minnesota, producing more than corn, pigs, soybeans, and poultry.  Local farms fuel commerce that many other industries depend on.


The effect agriculture plays was most visible in recent years, when weather was favorable and commodity prices were high.  Many farmers purchased goods and services from their local machinery and auto dealers.  They’ve upgraded and built new operational infrastructure such as grain storage and drying machinery.


It’s easy to see that location matters in farming just as much as it does in many other businesses.  Net farm incomes vary greatly across Central Minnesota.  It’s clear that the naturally fertile soil to the west has advantages for both crop and livestock producers.

Farm Statistics 2012


Agriculture could be a great choice for anyone considering a career in a growing field.  Here are some examples of positions that are currently posted by companies operating in or related to agriculture:


  • Farm Marketing Advisor, Assist producers with grain marketing strategies
  • Health and Safety Specialist, Identify, develop, and complete projects that promote continuous improvement in safety processes
  • Farm Manager, Perform all planning, goal-setting and scheduling for sow farm
  • Category Manager, Provide analysis and recommendations to promote total category growth
  • Crop Insurance Adjuster, Perform adjusting duties based on governmental guidelines and procedures
  • Closing Specialist, Set up, organize and close mortgage loans, short-term loans, and occasionally large transactions classified as commercial
  • Application Engineer, Write computer operating software programs from new or existing programs


If you want more information from this farm kid on the agriculture industry in Central Minnesota, call me at 320-308-5378!


Luke Greiner is the Central & Southwest Regional Analyst for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


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