What is the Agriculture industry?

Agriculture is the art and science of cultivating the soil, growing crops and raising livestock. Within agriculture the use of technology is also known as agri-tech. World class science and innovation is helping to develop technologies to improve: Animal science, Aquaculture, and Plant science.

What are the current opportunities and risks in the agriculture industry?

By 2030 the agriculture industry is thought to be worth $500 billion, with the demand for food growing whilst at the same time the land and farming aspects contributing to supply issues, overcoming these challenges will be key to making this goal a reality. Advances in machinery have expanded the scale, speed, productivity of farm equipment, leading to more efficient land cultivation. World food production also needs to double by 2050 as stated by the European Union, this is in order to cater to population growth (estimated to be 9.7 billion by then) and evolving food habits. As such greater investment from countries around the world to ensure that the agriculture industry has the right infrastructure to face the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, soil and water quality and the global demands of the world. The agriculture industry is on the verge of embracing a digital transformation, the introduction of artificial intelligence, analytics, connected sensors and other emerging technologies, will help to meet the global needs through increased yields and building sustainability and resilience in crop cultivation and animal husbandry to allow the industry to continue to thrive.

What are the trends in numbers for the agriculture industry?

In the US One in 12 jobs is dependent upon agriculture. The agriculture industry focuses on crops and livestock and employs nearly 500,000 people and is a key part of the food and drink industry, which contributed £112 billion to the UK economy in 2018. Agriculture accounts for over 70% of land use in the UK, and has a major influence on our environment.

What are the to 10 agriculture companies by revenue globally in 2020?

  1. Cargill – $114.7bn
  2. Archer Daniels Midland Company – $64.34bn
  3. Bayer – $51.18bn
  4. Deere & Company – $37.35bn
  5. CNH Industrial NV – $28.1bn
  6. Syngenta AG – $23bn
  7. DowDuPont – $21.57bn
  8. Nutrien – $19.6bn
  9. Yara International – $12.9b
  10. BASF– $6.8bn

What are the top 6 agriculture companies to look out for in 2020?

  1. Connecterra
  2. Kiwi Technologies
  3. Provivi
  4. Terramera
  5. Livestock Water Recycling
  6. Intelliconn

What skills and qualifications do I need to work in the agriculture industry?

The agriculture job market is very competitive and any occasion to to acquire knowledge/ experience through training opportunities. The requirement of a degree depends on the job that you'd like to do. Opportunities exist at global and regional companies who are involved in crops, livestock, machinery and food, whilst there are also commercial and specialist roles available on progressive farms. An agricultural apprenticeship is a good route into the industry.

What Functions?

Research and Development

Research and Development (R&D) involves developing technologies to improve the productivity and sustainability of agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture and forestry. This includes the on-site storage and processing of food and non-food products, and the care of pets and horses.

Animal Science, Aquaculture and Plant Science

Manufacturing and Supply

If you like the idea of a career where your own skills develop as fast as the technology that you’re exploiting, then manufacture is ideal.

Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Agricultural Engineering


Within the commercial side of agriculture companies and emerging farms there are a large number of people working towards reaching commercial goals.

Agricultural Economy, Horticulturalist, Consulting, Administration, Sales and marketing.

Technical functions

As with all large organisations, agriculture companies require specialist knowledge and infrastructure to run.


Farm management, Soil and Plant Science, Conservation Inspection.

What is it like to work in this industry?

What is a a day in the life? What are the progression routes like? What are the average salaries?

A Teaching Biologist with Investigative interests in Molecular Ecology
From Natural & Sport Science to Senior Lecturer in Ecology - All things Freshwater Invasive Species
How to become a senior lecturer in biology (animal science) and run a small business?