Agriculture Journalist

Agriculture Journalist

Agriculture journalists report and write features that are relevant to those involved in agriculture, but stories may also be seen by non-agriculture readers. Agriculture journalists plan and produce web and print articles that report current trends in agriculture, and research and verify the data and sources in the story. Topics agriculture journalists may cover include: agriculture news; agriculture market; disease or foodborne pathogen outbreaks; fairs and expos; new technologies in seed, equipment, chemistry or farming practices; weather; labor; governmental regulations; training; and further education opportunities. They may also use social media to push stories, build traffic on social channels and distribute content.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Plan and produce web and print articles that report current trends in agriculture
  • Develop new business sources for articles
  • Create special reports as needed
  • Assist in shaping the editorial calendar for the publication
  • Research and verify data and sources for stories
  • Use social media to push stories, build traffic on social channels and distribute content
  • Proofread material for accuracy, which may involve working with experts for accuracy and appropriateness
  • Photograph events or story subjects
  • Assist in designing the layout of publications
  • Copyedit
  • Write headlines and photo captions
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, writing, English and computer skills.
Education/Training Required: 
A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism or agricultural communications. Strong computer and Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) skills are needed. Photography and basic video skills are a plus.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
There are many agriculture-specific trade publications that would prefer to hire someone with an agricultural background. Some newspapers have writers who are agriculture reporters, and companies often have communications personnel who write for their brochures, websites and press releases.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • AgChat Foundation
  • Public Relations Society of America
  • National Agri-Marketing Association
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$53,000
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