What can I do with an associates degree in Agricultural Science?
Ok, this spring I will graduate from my junior college with an associates of Agricultural Science. My initial plan was to be an Agriculture teacher, most specifically teaching floral design and horticulture. However, I am transferring to a four year university next fall and I am considering changing majors. Since I do not want to pursue my ag degree any further and get my bachelors, is there anything I can actually do with the associates I will have? I don't want to have just wasted a year of my life getting this degree I'm not going to use.
Question answered by random_man
If you want to teach, depending on what level, you'd probably need a four-year degree. But with a two year-degree there's a lot of things you could do; work on a farm as a manager (you'd have to probably start at entry level, but it will be easier to move up with an associates); work for a seed, fertilizer, chemical company (or other ag input) in sales or service or something; work for an ag contractor/custom company, there are many possibilities. You could also work in horticulture or the floral industry, at either retail or wholesale levels.
If you've decided to pursue something else, well, then spending one year to figure that out is pretty cheap in terms of money and time. Success in life means doing what you want - pursuing what interests you. If you've decided ag isn't it - than move on and don't worry about it. But it will be there to fall back on, or to use for pursuing an advanced degree later. Good luck.
How do I obtain a grant of any kind or Government contract?
I`m a naval war vet, college grad, and now a licensed contractor with the state of California. How do I obtain a grant as a small business owner, or obtain government contracts for over seas duty in support of our troops?
Question answered by imisidro
If you want to do business with the state of California, go to their California State Contracts Register
It is hard to find grants to start a business. Unlike the myths that some perpetuate, federal government and even private foundations hardly give grant money for starting a for-profit business.
One possible exception is for companies developing or exporting agricultural goods, including food and forest product. Another exception could be the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/sbir/index.html , which fund the research and development of technological innovation that meets specific government needs.
Your best bet actually will be from the states if they offer grant programs for women (or any other special interest groups -- minorities, women, disabled, veterans, etc). Or check with non profit organizations, particularly women organizations if they offer grants. Examples include
Iowa Women's Foundation http://www.iawf.org/
New Mexico Women's Foundation http://www.nmwf.org/guidelines.html
Even SBA does NOT give out grants. From the SBA website http://www.sba.gov/mostrequesteditems/CON_FAQ2.html
"The U.S. Small Business Administration does not offer grants to start or expand small businesses, although it does offer a wide variety of loan programs. (See http://www.sba.gov/financing for more information) While SBA does offer some grant programs, these are generally designed to expand and enhance organizations that provide small business management, technical, or financial assistance. These grants generally support non-profit organizations, intermediary lending institutions, and state and local governments."
Nonetheless, you can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov - these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support a for-profit venture.
Here is a listing of federal grants for small businesses. See if there is any available for individuals for starting a business -- THERE'S NONE.
Most of the federal grants are given to specific target groups with specific requirements (e.g. minority business owners involved in transportation related contracts emanating from DOT - Grant#20.905 Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Short Term Lending Program
Grants are also often given to non profit groups or organizations involved in training or other similar activities (grant 59.043 Women's Business Ownership Assistance that are given to those who will create women's business center that will train women entrepreneurs
How do I market an un-pastuerized smoothie?
You can't legally wholesale an unpastuerized product with the loophole being it can be processed on- site.
Pasteurizing kills the living enzymes comprimizing the vitality and nutrition.
I have a wonderful product that health food stores initially love, but when the issue of an independent contractor working in their store, liability and insuranse concerns kill it.
Question answered by ishouldbewriting
Same way you market anything else. First of all, are you sure there's a real market, or are you just running with "a good idea" that friends and associates have said sounded like...well, a good idea? Have you conducted any market research, looked into the actual demand versus your perception of it?
You question appears more one of business/legal mechanics than marketing. If the law says you can process it on-site and sell it, then that's what you need to do. Do some research, if the market looks to be there, find a small booth/space in a mall, or create or adapt some existing vending system (like shake makers or whatever is appropriate) to your needs and set up shop somewhere.
If all else fails and you just "know" you have a ready market and your idea is good...do what entrepreneur's have always done. Open your own shop, create your own company, get your own insurance and be beholden to none but the laws of your state. Which means you should write out a good business plan. If your idea isn't worth that effort, maybe it's not really worth the effort period. Think about that. On the upside, a good plan means you can shop your idea to investors, banks, and venture capitalists.
Most importantly, make sure you have all the legal ends covered well, so research above and beyond what you think you need to. It's great if the government allows you to create and sell something, however, that doesn't mean that because that particular law says you can that there aren't two dozen laws that fall under the auspices of some other agency (like state regulations pertaining to cattle or goat raising or agriculture). Check not only local and state, but federal law as well--and remember, what may work as a product in one state might never be legal in the surrounding ones.
My suggestion is to retain the services of a reputable business development consultant or attorney that specializes in food/agricultural related areas from your region. Do research and see if the idea has been tried before, by whom, and why it flew or didn't. While I'm basically a steak and potatoes kind of guy who lives in the city these days and I make it a point to avoid most healthy stuff (as it in my experience rarely tastes good), I have drawn water from a well, raised gardens, cattle, horses, chickens, and even goats (I also love fresh veggies and wild game). My gut instinct is that I think your idea sounds really interesting and holds potential if you can iron out the practical aspects of it and I wish you the best of luck.
is work as a skilled self employed agricultural fencing contractor easy to find in canada as an imigrant?
Question answered by joe r
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Why does INDIA choose jet fighters instead of clean water?
India has invited defense contractors to enter the bidding contest to supply 126 new war planes in a deal that is expected to cost the Indian treasury $10 BILLION.
Yet majority of the Indian population do not have clean water to drink.
Every day hundreds of millions of Indians bath, clean their clothes, wash their dishes, brush their teeth and drink water that is laden with bacteria, industrial and agricultural runoff, and untreated sewage, including both human and animal feces.
How can a government which is the inheritor of the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi make such a choice?
When will the Indian people grow tired of literally eating excrement and demand more from their government?
I understand the need that India, or any nation, may have for security forces. Very few nations have managed to survive without them.
But India already fields a large land army.
Further, it has nuclear weapons and systems, including intermediate range missiles, to place them on any of its immediate neighbors who might be a military threat.
In fact, the historical truth is that, with the possible exception of some border skirmishes with China, India has been the aggressor in it's brief existance.
Question answered by Fitology
Politicians, and others who govern, see the world in a different way than the rest of us do.
If the fictional state of 'Adini' cannot be defended, then there is little point in improving the lives of the people who live there. They may soon become citizens of whichever nation invades Adini; for example the neighbouring state (also fictional) of Snakitap.
If that happened, then the 'improved' living conditions of the people would only benefit the Snakitapi economy, and the reputation of the politicians who govern there, rather than the Adinian economy and its ruling party.
This would be even more of an issue, if these two fictional states were already in dispute (or at war) over territories.
A political system based on competition will always favour candidates who understand competition, and enjoy it. Once they are in power, this aptitude and attitude will not magically evaporate. They will still compete, with other nations, other organisations, other parties, other departments, other viewpoints and other interests. They are successful competitors, and they will speak to the people in order to win; to beat them in argument; to persuade rather than to ask for guidance.
The Mahatma became popular at a time when India was a colony, ruled by the Imperial government in London. He spoke from outside the political system, asking for a change in the way it was organised. He also foresaw that the leaders of an independent India might be corrupt, warlike and despotic. Being ruled by such people was, in his description, better than imperial rule (also corrupt, warlike and despotic), because it could not be blamed on anybody else.
The Indian people (just like the British people, or the American people, populations that mainly opposed the war in Iraq) DO demand more from their government.
Just like the British and American systems, the Indian system of 'democracy' protects Indian politicians from the demands of the population, by allowing them to impose the wishes of a political party instead.
It is often stated that a 'bad' politician can be 'voted out of office', but this just isn't true. You can only remove a poiltician you don't like, by voting FOR another one. This candidate will only succeed if he/she is at least as 'electable' (persuasive, corrupt, ambitious, well-connected, and positively 'spun') as the incumbent politician.
In most professions, there are people whose only concern is doing the things they are required to do, rather than doing their best. Usually these people outnumber those who want to improve the world, and will try to make a positive difference to the world by means of the work they do.
Politicians, and other rulers, are just the same. Defending the state (and its institutions, including their own powers) always takes priority over making it a decent place to live in.
Specifications for a working holidaymaker extending their visa.?
Does anyone have experience as a working holidaymaker extending their visa for an additional year? The stipulation is to spend three months in seasonal labour or regional Aus. What I'd like to know is whether that is only in the agricultural sector or might it apply to hospitality/ resort work?
Question answered by Ozmaniac
To add to the info Tuppenybitz has given...
The seasonal work must be done for a primary producer. In other words, if you were to work in a regional town or for say, a fencing contractor, that would not be eligible.
What gripe do Republicans have against state workers?
They have no problem giving billions in free money to private corporations like the oil and natural gas industries, pharmaceutical companies, private medical and military contractors, or any other privately held company.
They have no problem giving billions in tax breaks and subsidies to billionaire owners, or the private held agricultural companies like Monsanto.
But they absolutely despise public sector workers that help the poor or teach our kids, and focus all of their attention on destroying these public sector workers.
I mean to say, if you want to balance the budget and reduce our national debt, then why not cut the billions in tax breaks and subsidies that all these private billionaire owners get as well as the public sector workers? It seems that the conservative effort to reduce the deficit is actually a one sided effort with an agenda to destroy the government and empower the rich private billionaire owners.
Question answered by Beaver.Trailer
Because few of them live in Trailer Parks or leave rusted automobiles on their lawn.....most are well educated and hard workers.......Republicans just don't relate......
What did the letters in the military draft stand for?
1-A was a man most eligible for the military draft. 4-F was someone unfit for service. What did B, C, D &E stand for?
Question answered by Ronald
Good Morning Raymillsusa,
1-A-OConscientious objector available for noncombatant military service only.
1-CMember of the Armed Forces of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or the Public Health Service. (Enl.) Enlisted. Member who volunteered for service, (Ind.) Inducted. Member who was conscripted into service, (Dis.) Discharged. Member released after completing service. (Sep.) Separated. Member released before completing service.
1-DMembers of a reserve component (Reserves or National Guard), students taking military training (ROTC), or accepted Aviation Cadet applicants (1942–1961).
1-D-DDeferment for certain members of a reserve component or student taking military training.
1-D-EExemption of certain members of a reserve component or student taking military training.
1-HRegistrant Not Subject to Processing for Induction. Registrant is not subject to processing for induction until a draft is enacted. All current registrants are classified 1-H until they reach the age of exemption. They then receive the classification of 5-A.
1-OConscientious objector to all military service. A registrant must establish to the satisfaction of the board that his request for exemption from combatant and noncombatant military training and service in the Armed Forces is based upon moral, ethical or religious beliefs which play a significant role in his life and that his objection to participation in war is not confined to a particular war.
1-O-SConscientious objector to all military service (separated). A registrant separated from the Armed Forces due to objection to participation in both combatant and noncombatant training and service in the Armed Forces. The registrant is still required to serve in alternative service.
1-S(H)Student deferred by statute (High School). Induction can be deferred either until graduation or until reaching the age of 20.
1-S(C)Student deferred by statute (College). Induction can be deferred either to the end of the student's current semester if an undergraduate or until the end of the academic year if a Senior.
1-WConscientious objector ordered to perform alternative service.
1-YRegistrant available for military service, but qualified only in case of war or national emergency. Usually given to registrants with medical conditions that were limiting but not disabling (examples: high blood pressure, mild muscular or skeletal injuries or disorders, skin disorders, severe allergies, etc.). Class was discontinued in December, 1971 and its members were reclassified as 4-F.
2-ARegistrant deferred because of civilian occupation (non-agricultural).
2-BRegistrant deferred because of occupation in a war industry: (Defense contractor or reserved occupation).
2-CRegistrant deferred because of agricultural occupation.
2-DRegistrant deferred because of study preparing for the ministry. Deferment lasted either until graduation or until the registrant reached the age of 24. Exemption was created in December, 1971. Previously considered part of Class 4-D.
2-SRegistrant deferred because of collegiate study. Deferment lasted either until graduation or until the registrant reached the age of 24. Exemption was discontinued in December, 1971.
3-ARegistrant deferred because of hardship to dependents.
3-A-SRegistrant deferred because of hardship to dependents (Separated). Current serving member or registrant undergoing induction separated from military service due to a change in family status. The registrant's deferment can last no longer than six months, after which they may re-file if the hardship continues to exist.
4-ARegistrant who has completed military service.
4-A-ARegistrant who has performed military service for a foreign nation.
4-B official deferred by law.
4-C Alien or dual national.
4-D Minister of religion.
4-E Conscientious objector opposed to both combatant and noncombatant training and service. Alternative service in lieu of induction may still be required.
4-F Registrant not acceptable for military service. To be eligible for Class 4-F, a registrant must have been found not qualified for service in the Armed Forces by a Military Entrance Processing Station under the established physical, mental, or moral standards. The standards of physical fitness that would be used in a future draft would come from AR 40-501.
4-G Registrant exempted from service because of the death of a parent or sibling while serving in the Armed Forces or whose parent or sibling has Prisoner of War or Missing In Action status.
4-T Treaty Alien.
4-W Registrant or conscientious objector who has completed alternative service in lieu of induction.
5-A Registrant who is over the age of liability (26) or if previously deferred (35)
You have a great day. Peace, from Los Angeles.
Are Delivery Drivers in Nevada entitled to Overtime pay for more than 8 hours of work a day?
I work at Aaron's sales and lease and I frequently work over 8 hours, but they usually cut me to 40 a week to prevent overtime pay. My hourly rate is 10.88 and I am offered benefits after 120 days. I know there are exemptions from overtime laws and I would just like an expert to help me out.
OK, so How do I find out if I fall in one of those exemptions?
Question answered by postal p
Overtime Exemptions in Nevada
Overtime laws in Nevada are designed to prevent workers from being exploited by their employers, with hourly wage earners (particularly thoe in blue-collar indistries) being the primarily protected group. Because of the nature of the work environment and working hours required by certain careers, there are a wide variety of specific exemptions to Nevada overtime eligibility. Out of an estimated 120 million workers in America, almost 50 million are exempt from overtime law.
Executives, administrators, and other professionals earning at least $455 per week do not have to be paid overtime under Section 13(a)(1) of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
External salespeople (who often set their own hours) are also exempted from NV overtime requirements, as are some types of computer-related workers. Independent contractors, who are not considered legal employees, are also exempt from overtime law. Other exempt positions include some transportation workers, certain agricultural and farm workers, and some live-in employees such as housekeepers.
In order to determine if a job is exempt from overtime, the FLSA provides a series of tests to determine the overtime eligibility of an employee based on pay rate, working conditions, skill level, and other factors.
i am a contractor in the landscaping business. Has anyone any info on agricultural controlled burning?
I've learned this is an up and coming thing with crp land. I am trying to learn how to get into this area of work also. anyone have info?
Question answered by Terry O
Try your local Agricultural extension office.
However, I would read the site below, it is awfully close to April fools day.
The owner of the land will be assessed a 25% penalty on their CRP payment and that is for grazing on CRP.