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Biological & Agricultural Engineering
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 0904
Moscow, ID 83844-0904

Idaho Falls

College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
1776 Science Center Dr., Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho  83402
phone: (208) 282-7900
fax: (208) 282-7929



Agricultural Systems Management Careers

ASM graduates manage people, money and machines. They find ways to blend biological, physical, mechanical and business knowledge to make agri-production and agri-processing more efficient and profitable.

  • Agricultural equipment industries — Provide technical training, service, sales and financing for agricultural equipment.
  • Agri-industry customer service representative — You would be ready to ask the right questions in order to learn about the consumer’s operation and match the latest farming products and agricultural production systems that meet the customer’s needs.
  • Agricultural chemical firms — Maintain, construct and calibrate application equipment and be involved with field application, plant management and technical sales.
  • Banks, farm management firms, insurance companies — Be a technical adviser, consultant or field operations manager for various large-scale agri-businesses.
  • Consultant — The ASM degree in agricultural information systems option would help you advise the consumer to better apply and manage computers and software programs that benefit agricultural operations, such as monitoring irrigation systems or checking on the electronics in a potato storage
  • Consulting — Travel the country and globe doing one-on-one consulting on the best kind of mechanical components available on farming equipment, such as the right transmission and hydraulic option for the intended field operation.
  • Customer service and sales — Agri-businesses need representatives who know the proper equipment to supply appropriate volumes of water while minimizing the negative impacts of waste water on the soil and environment. They also properly interpret and assure farming operations compliance with changing state and federal regulations on odor and water pollution concerns.
  • Dairy waste consultant — This specialist works in a processing plant and advises on the management of the huge volume of generated waste. Knowledge of the latest regulations, pump maintenance, repair and replacement of equipment, and calculating efficient systems to handle waste volume are among the required skills.
  • Electrical power industries — Install electrical equipment and promote the safe, efficient use of electricity and electrical equipment on the farm.
  • Farm or private consultant — Be a company representative assisting operators with crop production, equipment operation and farm management decisions.
  • Farming — Operate family or corporate farms that are diversified or specialized in crops and/or livestock.
  • Farm building manufacturers and retailers — Plan and supervise the installation of farm buildings, drying and storage facilities, heating and ventilation systems, feed handling equipment and other types of components used in farm building construction.
  • Farm Service Agency and USDA — As a trained professional, this career would interact with other researchers and specialists who help establish technical systems such as GIS used by the agricultural community to better assess and evaluate government-sponsored programs.
  • Farm store customer representative — This person matches the right equipment for the intended operation, such as appropriate use of precision ag technology to maximize the benefit of the current practices for a customer’s needs.
  • Food products companies — Manage production, transport, quality control and sales of fresh and processed foods.
  • Federal government water quality personnel—Become an inspector of water systems used on large-scale operations.
  • Golf course managers — Be a consultant for golf course irrigation needs regarding waterway sources that are rich in nutrients or to effectively manage diminishing water resources during drought conditions.
  • Grain handling companies — Operate and manage elevators and grain shipping and handling facilities for local or international trade.
  • Precision ag technology — Apply your computer knowledge to research and analysis of agricultural systems such as irrigation management, testing of fertilizer flow instruments and evaluation of water systems.
  • Precision ag technician — Uses the latest technologies to update and service users of farm machinery equipment.
  • Sales and Management — Technical sales or management of various agricultural businesses such as production, chemicals or equipment used in precision agriculture. These individuals also demonstrate proper usage of equipment and parts for farm applications.
  • Safety officer — Large farming operations have many employees and a lot of turnover. Farm workers need to know how to do their jobs without causing damage to themselves and the equipment they are operating. They must be up-to-date on state and federal labor and safety regulations regarding operation of equipment. The safety officer provides training for new employees and safety materials in the appropriate language.
  • Test technician — Apply your engineering and computer skills to test commercial and farm machinery such as a new tractor, combine or cultivator.
  • Water managers — They consult with engineers on the design of appropriate water systems to process effluent from large-scale animal and plant operations.
  • Water quality inspector — Use your knowledge of system operations and soil carrying capabilities regarding compliance of current federal and state regulations for natural resource land users such as logging, mining, agri-business (cheese plants) operations and municipal facilities.

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