Agricultural Engineering is a specialised discipline of engineering that deals with the study of agricultural food grain production and processing. It involves understanding of concepts from the disciplines of civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering, as well as the technological aspects of agricultural principles.
There are also elements of animal and plant biology that are imparted over the duration of this course. This integration of technology with farming results in efficient performance and better infrastructure to meet agricultural needs. Like in all other fields, technology is a much needed aid for the farmers to produce better results in farming. Owing to agricultural engineering, newer, more efficient machinery is replacing redundant work that the workers have to do, leaving them with more time to focus on other priority. Software and genetics bestow farmers with a sense of control of their crop and they can efficiently manage their annual harvest.
Agricultural engineers may also be involved in the process of development of new biofuels using non-food resources (waste, algae, etc) which are economical and is a sustainable option that doesn’t necessitate the jeopardy of available food supply.
A strong background and clarity in understanding of concepts in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as well a general botany is necessary for opting for a degree in agricultural engineering. An interest in flora and fauna and an inclination towards ecology and environmental sciences translate into sure success in this profession.