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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

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Explore Emerging Topics in the Field of Agriculture

Agriculture is an industry full of possibilities powered by the latest technologies. Students can explore the variety of career pathways at their disposal. Whether they’re interested in the environment, agribusiness, food production, or another path—Stride Career Prep* has an option for them.

Career pathways include:

Agribusiness Pathway

Agribusiness is, quite simply, the business of agriculture and its products. Farmers and ranchers are the entrepreneurs of rural America—taking huge financial risks, managing big budgets, and investing in the latest agricultural technology. This pathway starts with the foundations of agriculture and then propels students into learning business and entrepreneurship.

Students will:

  • Discover the components of agriculture from a foundational level
  • See how science and tech help produce and maintain better plants
  • Learn the business side of agricultural commodities

Food Processing & Production Pathway

Has your child ever wanted to be a butcher, chef, or food scientist? This pathway might be for them. They’ll start with a foundation in agriculture basics and move through to nutrition and chemistry to processing and safety. They’ll learn what it takes to have a career in food processing and production.

Students will:

  • Discover foundations of food production and chemistry
  • Build a foundation of culinary skills and knowledge
  • Learn trends and standards for genetically engineered foods

Technical Systems Pathway

The truth is—agriculture has gone high-tech. If a career in agriculture or natural sciences piques your child’s interest, this pathway can give them a head start. Starting with a foundation in agriculture, students come to understand how agricultural structures, as well as machinery and equipment, work together in an agricultural supply chain.

Students will:

  • Learn to use common agricultural tools and materials
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of mechanical engineering
  • Discover technology for an efficient supply chain

What could my future look like in this career field?*

*Data is from Lightcast and is updated frequently.


Curious about agriculture, food, or natural resources careers or exploring education options? Read some of the most frequently asked questions.

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*Stride Career Prep is a program for grades 9–12. Some schools offer career exploration in middle school.

**Many Microsoft®️ Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who participate in the program for at least two years will have further preparation for certification testing.

***Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.