I am a recent Agricultural Science graduate currently working in the area of plant physiology. AMA
I recently graduated with a degree in Agricultural Science, a multifaceted science which is a mix of geology, biology, chemistry, meteorology, engineering, economics and legislation. My graduating cohort was 60% female (21/35) and many people including myself did not come from an agriculture background. I grew up in the suburbs of a reasonably large town, and while I was always interested in agriculture, I had never worked on a farm before I started. After spending my teenage years and early 20s making bad decisions, I decided to do a bridging course at my local university to get me a new admissions score, choosing to focus on Chemistry, Anatomy and Environmental Science. The Environmental Science component of this course exposed me to [this TedTalk] (https://youtu.be/4EUAMe2ixCI) which got me thinking about all the environmental good a sustainable agriculture industry could provide.
I have worked throughout my degree on a couple of farms, for a trial plot company doing breeding line research, as a paid intern doing weed science and herbicide resistance research, as a casual laboratory technician and a laboratory demonstrator, teaching Botany, Soil Science, Animal Anatomy (with my greyhound Boo) and Biology. Currently I am working as a lab tech on a few plant physiology projects, mostly relating to frost exposure triggering flowering, and how different plants "remember" how long they have been exposed to cold temperatures. Next year I hope to do my honours project on how different environmental conditions make poisonous plants more or less toxic to livestock.
Agricultural Science is a really interesting field (no pun intended) where you can do a lot of different things. Some of my classmates will go back to their family farm with a whole bunch of new ideas to improve things, some will work in a bank, some will work in consultancy, some will work in research. There are many programs where graduates can travel to developing countries and make a huge difference to subsistence farming communities who are vulnerable to climate change and the whims of corporate agriculture.
I am located in the NSW Riverina, Australia in the wheat/sheep belt. Happy to answer questions on my degree, the industry in general, questions about plants, and if you have questions about your garden I will do my best to help.
[This is a screenshot of my transcript for proof] (https://imgur.com/a/Tbv1INJ)