What they do
Agricultural consultants provide advice to farmers and farm managers on how to improve crop or livestock production and offer solutions to problems with pests, weeds and crop or livestock disease. They develop procedures and techniques for solving agricultural problems and improving farm production in areas such as feeding programs, soil improvement and animal husbandry. They may also assist farmers in business analysis, the arrangement of sales, act as a mediator or broker, or run farms for absentee owners.
Agricultural consultants divide their time between being out on the road consulting with farmers, conducting field research, and writing up reports in their offices. They may work in a diverse range of agricultural specialisations such as vegetable, wheat, canola or dairy farming. Their hours of work can vary considerably, depending on the type of work being carried out.
Tools and technologies
Agricultural consultants use computers to research, keep records and prepare reports. They need to understand the elements of business planning, financial reports and be familiar with farm management and business software. They need to be experienced in techniques for improving the production of crops or livestock related to their area of specialisation.
How do I become one?
Education and training
To become an agricultural consultant, you usually need to study a degree in agribusiness or a science degree, majoring in agricultural science or a related field.
Some universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.