Agricultural Education

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of 2017-2020 ag education graduates employed or continuing education within six months of graduation

Combine agriculture with working with people. Shape the next generation’s understanding of agriculture and its role in society, or use communication and human relation skills to obtain leadership roles in many agricultural industries.

Career Opportunities

Learn communication and leadership skills as well as agricultural knowledge while earning your agricultural education degree from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Prepare for a variety of careers, including:

  • Teach Agricultural Sciences. Teach about the many facets of agriculture – from crops and livestock to economics and marketing – and how that system provides the food we eat.
  • Public Relations. Articulate messages about a company’s products or an organization’s cause and advocate for agriculture to the public in the areas of social media, web, radio, television and print publications.
  • Youth Programs. Develop educational programs for youth nationally or regionally in groups such as 4-H and extension services.
  • Sales. Market products related to food and crop production.

Career Possibilities Include

  • Agricultural Education
  • District Sales Management
  • Education Outreach
  • Commodity Groups and Breed Associations
  • Community Development
  • Safety Training
  • Public Policy and Legislation
  • Lobbying
  • Government Agencies
  • University Extension
  • Non-profit Organization Management
  • Event Coordination
  • Human Resource Development
  • Grain Management
  • See more common career paths

Internship & Employment

  • Archer Daniels Midland
  • Bayer Crop Science
  • Colonial Life
  • Corteva Agriscience
  • Farm Journal
  • MFA Incorporated
  • Missouri Dept. of Agriculture
  • Osborn Barr
  • School districts (rural and urban) across the state
  • Straatmann Feed and Transfer
  • The Hershey Company
  • US Grains Council
  • Veterans United Home Loans

Hands-On Learning

As an agricultural education student, your chances to gain field experience through research and internships are almost limitless.

  • Learning Labs. In CAFNR, you can dive into real-world, interdisciplinary experiences through our student-operated, full-service floral shop, café, ice cream parlor, meat market and at our research centers throughout the state. These services showcase CAFNR’s signature research, education and outreach programs while providing top-quality products to the public and experience for our students.
  • Internships. Students emphasizing in both the teaching and communications and leadership options benefit from internship and teaching experiences. Teaching option students complete a semester of student teaching along with related field work.

Classes You Might Take

Signature Experience

One of the many unique experiences available for agricultural education students is helping plan the annual Missouri FFA Convention each April, hosting more than 8,000 high school students on the Mizzou campus for career development events, speakers, exhibits and much more.

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Agricultural Education Minor

Minor requirements for Agricultural Education

Minor requirements for Agricultural Leadership

Minor requirements for Science and Agricultural Communications

Related Minor

A minor in animal sciences can supplement an agricultural education degree. Learn about the scientific foundation of many animal-related industries, including livestock production, veterinary medicine and zoology. Coursework in this area includes animal physiology, nutrition, genetics and more.

Check out additional minor opportunities

Clubs & Organizations

  • Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT)
  • Ag Ed Society
  • Mizzou 4-H
  • Block and Bridle
  • National Agri-Marketing Association

Current Student Q&A

Q&A with Paxton Dahmer, agricultural education