First, I would like to address Buzzfeed. First of all, they refer to the degree as “agriculture”. What I doubt they know is “agriculture” is not one degree. In fact, most universities have a whole college designated to agriculture, with thousands of students that have different majors that all fall under the term of “agriculture”. Also, most agriculture colleges are GROWING in numbers, fast. If you talk to a staff member from Iowa State University in the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences, they will tell you class sizes are getting larger and they do not see this stopping any time soon. Next mistake, their reason that agriculture is one of the worst careers to be involved in is that, and I quote, “farm manager opportunities are expected to drop by 5% and continue to do so until 2018”. Yes, farms are consolidating and there are not as many farms as there has been. But is the world population not growing? And people like to eat? And we need more food? And we need to do more than just grow the food, but we need to figure out how to get the food to people, keep it at a good price, and keep it healthy and safe? Trust me, jobs are there. As the population grows, so will careers in agriculture.
Now, Morning Ag Clips wrote an article July 10th, 2014 asking, “Can agriculture appeal to today’s youth?” I want to reassure them that there are no worries. Like I mentioned before, agriculture is a popular field of study for college students. This summer I spent a week with almost 1,000 kids in Louisville, Kentucky who were all showing pigs. Families drove hundreds to thousands of miles, staying multiple nights in hotel rooms, and gave up a holiday weekend to take their kids to a livestock show. This is passion and dedication, which is what the livestock industry is all about. These kids meet life long friends, they compete in contests that will prepare them for the future, and they create memories that are unmatched. These kids are leaders, public speakers, competitors, and overall amazing kids who spend their childhood preparing themselves for the real world. If you have any doubt in the future of agriculture, attend a livestock show. You will see how much youth are invested in this great industry and know that the future is in great hands.