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Agriculture Legislative Assistant

 

Overview

An Agriculture Legislative Assistant serves as an agricultural policy expert for local, state, or federal elected or appointed officials within a congressional or administrative office. They assist in managing various aspects of the officials’ agriculture portfolio or other issues relating to the agricultural industry – including, but not limited to: agriculture, energy, environmental sciences, food, young and beginning farmers, commodities, etc.

                    

      

                   

What responsibilities will I have?

  • Familiarity with legislative administrative and judicial systems.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of legislative documents, legislation, policies, and initiatives.
  • Track advancement of related bills through the legislative process. 
  • Conduct research to make sound legislative recommendations or implementations to officials or other working counterparts.
  • Garner support for the legislation and coordinate introduction of bills.
  • Brief the official on such subject matter and prepare him or her for official remarks and appearances, votes, programmatic logistics, and/or policy implementation work.
  • Respond to constituents via phone, email, or in written form in a timely, professional manner, regarding their needs or concerns.
  • Occasionally attend events alongside of the official representative.

 

What education and training is required?

Most officials require that legislative assistants have at least a bachelor's degree in a related agricultural field, political science, law, journalism, or public relations. There are some roles that may start as internship or temporary positions and evolve into full-time positions.  

 

To pursue a career as an Agriculture Legislative Assistant

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, civics, economic courses, and business courses.

 

Where can I work?

Agriculture Legislative Assistants are employed by local, state, or federal elected or appointed officials within a congressional or administrative office.  

 

Future Job Market / Outlook
The future outlook for an agriculture legislative assistant will be great over the next five years. 

 

Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Association of Government Relations Professionals
  • State Agribusiness Associations
  • Partisan Congressional Committees