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Agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness

Agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness are all major employers in Victoria. It’s forecast that 5,562 new workers will be needed in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry by 2026.*

Agriculture is another word for farming. It is the large scale growing and harvesting of crops for food and other products, such as textiles. Farms may also raise livestock for food and animal products.

Horticulture is small-scale crop production. It is usually done in a greenhouse or tunnel. Produce can include fruit, vegetables, nuts, flowers, turf and nursery products. 

Agribusiness is a combination of the words ‘agriculture’ and ‘business’. This is the commerce side of farming. It includes elements like finance, technology, transport, global demand and weather impacts. Processing and distribution are also part of agribusiness.  

Consumer habits are changing. Technology is evolving. Sustainable agriculture and a clean economy are also becoming a focus. The demand for workers with skills that match current and future industry needs is growing.  

Many people make their start in this industry with Vocational Education and Training (VET). VET gives you the opportunity for on the job training to get real world experience.

Explore the information below to learn more about working in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness.

Training and careers in agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness

Agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness career stories

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*Agriculture, horticulture and agribusiness is part of the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry. 

Statistics source: Victorian Skills Authority Employment Forecast Dashboard.