104: Food & Ag Careers

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Production: Rancher 

Ranching is not just a job, it’s a way of life! Ranchers combine connecting to the land, raising agricultural animals, and making a difference locally and globally. 

Every day, ranchers care for the livestock on their land and the employees who work on their ranch. Ranchers often use the latest technology to help keep their business successful, and they need to understand markets, production practices, nutrition, genetics, as well as meat and food safety. They make important decisions to run their business and help feed the community! 

Processing: Craft Brewer 

Being a craft brewer combines entrepreneurship, creativity, biology, chemistry, and mechanics – the perfect blend of art and science! 

Craft brewers have many talents: They understand the science of food and beverage fermentation (the process where things chemically break down), and they craft unique flavors for their customers! Understanding how to run a business is essential for people in this profession. 

To become a craft brewer: Take classes in entrepreneurship, agriculture business, and fermentation science. 

Distribution and Consumption: Food Truck Operator 

Cooking is my passion. I love to make dishes that are colorful and healthy for people to eat and enjoy in my very own mobile restaurant! 

Food truck operators manage restaurants on wheels – they never have to stay in one place. They do everything from setting the menu for the day and thinking about what ingredients to buy, to finding a place for their truck to operate, cooking the food, and caring for their employees. They also make sure their customers are happy! 

To become a food truck operator: Take business and finance management classes, obtain required licenses and food service certifications, pass inspections, and love cooking! 

Consumption: Nutritionist  

Food is life! Nutritionists provide people with the information they need to make healthy food and lifestyle choices. 

Nutritionists study food and the human body in order to provide people with information and guidance about diet and lifestyle that helps them make educated decisions. A nutritionist creates recipes, knows about food science and safety, and educates people on food choices. They are passionate about keeping our community healthy! 

To become a nutritionist: Take classes in nutrition, food safety, family or consumer sciences, or agriculture production, and check for required certifications in your state. 

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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