BS Agriculture?

Uplb Agriculture (Photo Credit: New.philstar)
Uplb Agriculture (Photo Credit: New.philstar)
Sino nga ba ang nagtapos ng BS in Agriculture?
 
First semester, 2006-2007 ang una kong pagtuntong sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Los-Baños. Tuwang-tuwa ako dahil nakapasa ako sa tinatawag na

Uplb Agriculture   (Photo Credit:    New.philstar)
Uplb Agriculture (Photo Credit: New.philstar)

isang prominenteng unibersidad. Agriculture ang ipinasa kong degree program dahil ito ang first choice ko. Bakit ko kinuha ang kursong ito? Una para pumasa sa UPCAT, noon kasi it’s a big deal kapag bagsak ka sa UPCAT lalo na kung kabilang ka sa special science class . Maski sa sarili ko, hindi ko alam kung bakit ito ang kinuha ko gayong ang hilig ko naman talaga ay theatre arts at literature. Pero ang masasabi ko lang maraming bagay akong natutunan sa course na tinapos ko.

Maraming tao ang nangmamaliit sa Agriculture na course. Naalala ko noong freshman, kapag tinanong ng kapwa estudyante ang course at ang isinagot mo ay “Agri” ang isasagot ulit nila “Ah” pero kapag “Chem Eng, Bio, A Math, Aphy, atbp related Sciences ang course mo,” talaga namang hahanga sila.
So what’s with Agriculture? Why do most people considered this course as “wala lang”?
At first, super affected ako bakit ba ako minamaliit ng tao? And then after some years, narealized ko that I took this course because God has a wonderful plan for me. Oo, nakasasama ng loob yung mga taong nangmamaliit, tapos ang sasabihin lang sa iyo “Agronomy ka? wala kayong defense ah, kaya pala nakagraduate ka on time”. Maraming beses ko na ring narinig ang mga ganitong sinasabi ng tao. Ganoon pala, magiging immune ka na kapag paulit-ulit kang minamaliit. So let me define what is Agriculture and then Agriculturist.
According to Wikipedia, Agriculture is the production of food and goods through farming. Agriculture was the key development that led to the rise of human civilization, with the husbandry of domesticated animals and plants (i.e. crops) creating food surpluses that enabled the development of more densely populated and stratified societies. The study of agriculture is known as agricultural science. Agriculture is also observed in certain species of ant and termite.
Agriculture encompasses a wide variety of specialties and techniques, including ways to expand the lands suitable for plant raising, by digging water-channels and other forms of irrigation. Cultivation of crops on arable land and the pastoral herding of livestock on rangeland remain at the foundation of agriculture. In the past century there has been increasing concern to identify and quantify various forms of agriculture. In the developed world the range usually extends between sustainable agriculture (e.g. permaculture or organic agriculture) and intensive farming (e.g. industrial agriculture).
On the other hand, Agriculturists are specialists in all areas of cultivation and raising livestock. They are scientists who advise farmers on soil management, breeding, animals’ living conditions, crop protection, environmental sustainability, disease and harvesting. They work for government agencies, as well as independently, bringing information and advice to food producers. Agriculturists are trained in general agricultural studies, but usually specialize either on the job or in a master’s program in one or more areas of agricultural science. The most common areas of specialization are as follows:Crop specialization: These agriculturists provide information on crops, soil fertility and conservation, rotation management, weed and pest control, harvesting and developments in crop technology. Others focus on developing new pesticides and herbicides and market them to America’s crop farmers.

Animal specialization: These agriculturists work with farmers in the animal production industry improve the profitability of their operations. They provide information about nutrition, breeding, living conditions, and even financial management.

Farm management specialization: These agriculturists assist farmers in planning short- and long-term strategies to increase profits. They provide consultation and seminars on strategic business planning, family business dynamics, production economics, economic and business analysis, business management, multi-generation farm transfers and financial planning.

Biotechnology specialization: These agriculturists develop new plant varieties in an effort to produce stronger, more reliable food sources.

There are also opportunities for agriculturists who work in organic food production, free range animal and animal product production, and environmental assessments and policy. Some agriculturists focus on rural development, and help these communities in development. These agriculturists often take their knowledge overseas to communities struggling to develop sustainable sources for food and economic growth.

Agriculturists have an interest in the science of both animals and plants. They need a love of the outdoors, and enjoy helping others solve problems. Agriculturists should have strong organizational skills, good communication (and listening) skills, and they must be able to work alone as well as part of a team. They need to be analytical and creative when it comes to problem solving.

Their tasks are:

• Respond to questions from individual farmers, farming associations, government agencies and the general public about health of food, soil and environment
• Provide farmers with appropriate news, information or developments
• Visit farms and production sites for evaluations
• Give individual assessments
• Conduct information sessions, seminars and workshops with large numbers of farmers
• Demonstrate new products or services
• Carry out applied and field research into environmental conditions, product effectiveness and animal nutrition and health
• Agriculturists all have very differing days, due to the broad spectrum of work done by these scientists. While some spend all day in a government test farm, looking at the possibilities of environmentally friendly herbicides, others may be in the head office of a major milk distribution company, discussing artificial insemination of thousands of dairy cattle. Agriculturists look into all aspects of farm life, from the miles and miles of genetically engineered corn to the small family-run organic farm. Their objectives are always the same, however–they are looking for the most cost effective, environmentally sound way of achieving their clients’ goals. They travel throughout the country assessing farm land, animal health, and management systems, as well as around the world to conferences and training sessions with international agriculturists.

Agriculturists can specialize in many different areas, so there should always be opportunities for advancement and exploration of other areas of agricultural study. They can work for research companies, or start up a private business of their own, in agricultural counseling, or otherwise. They can write books and articles about agriculture, become environmental advocates, or start up their own organic farms.
What about Agronomist?

Agronomists often specialize. One may look at ways to grow plants without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, and work on organic farms, while others may work in laboratories, and experiment with new chemical pesticides and herbicides on test plants. Some work with genetically modified plants to create new, stronger species that don’t require any chemical sprays for protection. Some work as advisors to farmers, in an effort to help them improve their farming production capabilities and environmental responsibilities.

In general, though, agronomists study the chemical composition of soil, water and plant life, and look for ways to improve and increase the world’s food supply, with healthy results. The field is exciting because there are so many differing views. Some agronomists are advocates of genetic enhancement and chemical modification, while others are interested in natural food production. Both sides have their merits, and the scientists must learn to work together to create a sound and sustainable solution to the problems of soil destruction as well as world hunger.

Typical tasks:
• Investigate soils (origins, composition, toxicity)
• Study soil fertility and plant nutrient levels
• Identify degraded soils and develop plans to improve them
• Develop improved soil management practices for farmers and forestry companies
• Survey undisturbed and disturbed lands for mapping, environmental impact assessments, environmental protection planning and conservation and reclamation planning
• Develop waste management programs for composting and farming
• Devise and develop new fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides
• Explain and present research and project results to other professionals and the public
• Teach related courses, seminars or workshops
• The typical day for an agronomist will depend on the capacity in which they work. Some spend all day indoors, teaching classes and performing lab research, while others tour the countryside, advising farmers on individual basis. They write articles, host information days for the public, and meet with other scientists to discuss developments in the world of agronomy.

Salamat pareng Wiki sa mga impormasyon.:)
Now we can clearly see what’s with Agriculture, di ba? So sa mga nangmamaliit dyan, read and understand ha. Para hindi kayo mangjudge agad and before you judge something, please look at your own improvement first.

author:  isanggatang

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