Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Cluster

This career cluster prepares for careers in planning, implementation, production, management, processing and/or marketing of agriculture commodities and services, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products. It also includes related professional, technical and educational services.

For a downloadable handout click here: AFNR Cluster At-A-Glance

Typical High School Classes

  • Ag Food and Natural Resources
  • Animal Science
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture
  • AgriBusiness
  • Veterinary Science
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Nursery and Landscape
  • Food Science
  • Welding
  • Small Engines

Career & Technical Student Organizations

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Nebraska FFA

H3 Occupations & Average Entry Wage

Farm Equipment Mechanics and Service Technicians – $27,205
Environmental Engineers – $55,064
Soil and Plant Scientists – $36,980
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant and System Operators – $30,039
Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products – $40,472
Biological Technicians – $28,094
Environmental Engineering Technicians – $27,585

Find more H3 jobs at: h3.ne.gov

*This H3 list based on projected highest number of openings in Nebraska through 2024. Source: Nebraska Department of Labor, Office of Labor Market Information

Education Pathways to begin your career

Pathway Certificate Diploma Associate’s Degree Bachelor’s Degree Military
AGRIBUSINESS
AGRICULTURE EDUCATION TEACHER
AG SCIENCES / PRECISION AG
AGRICULTURE BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
AGRONOMY
ANIMAL SCIENCE
DAIRY TECHNICIAN / SCIENCE
DEERE CONSTRUCTION & FORESTRY EQUIPMENT TECH
DIESEL TECHNOLOGY – AG EQUIPMENT
DIVERSIFIED AGRICULTURE
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
FOOD SCIENCE
HORTICULTURE & GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT
LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT
MECHANIZED AGRICULTURE
NATURAL RESOURCES
VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY / SCIENCE

Check out all education and training options. Entry into these careers may begin with:

  • Apprenticeships
  • On-the-job training
  • Attaining stackable credentials
  • Entry-level employment

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