Design efficient but eco-friendly farms.
What does a Farm Planner do?
A Farm Planner is like a Stylist for farms. If you’ve ever flown over the American Midwest, you know from looking down on Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska – a series of well-groomed circles and squares – that farms are orderly, organized pieces of land. They don’t start out that way, however. The geographic equivalent of a crew cut, they’re carefully trimmed and precisely maintained with the help of Farm Planners in order to simultaneously maximize the use of real estate and resources.
As a Farm Planner, you’re a type of Conservation Scientist. Typically employed by local, state, and federal governments, you assist private landowners with the creation of a farm plan, which is a document that’s designed to help Farmers effectively manage the resources on their land.
A farm plan has two goals. The first is to meet the Farmer’s business objectives, allowing him or her to farm the land for maximum agricultural output. The second is to protect the quality of water, soil, and other natural resources on the property in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
Your main job then is consulting with landowners in order to develop and then implement farm policies and strategies. Specifically, you plan the farm’s location, structure, and size, as well as the crop types, quantities, and yields. You also detail soil-building practices and procedures. Additionally, you determine the type and number of livestock, as well as water quality and proximity to streams and lakes. Next, you identify resources such as machinery, facilities, and finance. And finally, you prescribe systems for regulatory record keeping and reporting.
Simultaneously addressing environmental problems such as soil erosion and groundwater contamination, as well business problems such as cash flow and crop yield, you’re basically a Farmer’s guiding light to a profitable future.