Farming for You
California is the #1 producer of food, fiber, flowers and forests in the United States. Learn more about California crops and how each benefits to YOU.
The Many Faces of Farmers and Ranchers
Less than 2% of our populations farms to feed the world. Today’s farmers wear many different hats and have a variety of skills:
- Business Manager - Must be able to fully manage a complex business including balance accounts; sellfarm produce to the market; must be responsible for making payments and meeting payrolls; must keep track of equipment, products, and land.
- Scientist - Must understand soil composition and determine the best fertilizer and seed for largest production; the effect of chemicals on animal and plant life.
- Environmental Manager – Must understand how to protect the environment and wildlife and complete forms to comply with complex air, water and land regulations.
- Human Resource Manager – Must be able to manage employees and comply with all regulations.
- Veterinarian - Must be able to recognize early signs of disease in animals; assist at birth of animals; administer medicine to sick animals.
- Engineer - Must know how to plan and construct fences and buildings; build irrigation ditches and control the flow of water; use natural resources to grow products useful to man.
- Mechanic - Must be able to operate and maintain both simple and complicated machinery; make repairs and keep machines in good working order.
- Nutritionist - Must know how to prepare feed rations for best growth and production of livestock.
- Weather Forecaster - Must understand weather and climate;
must be aware of possible weather changes and how to
prepare for these change.