The US Department of Agriculture says it will increase its federal and private-sector support to expand and diversify the US agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, research and outreach.
“The face of American agriculture is changing,” says Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Nearly 10 per cent of US jobs are related to agriculture and the increasingly complex nature of production requires more training and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics—the STEM fields—to stay competitive and meet the needs of a growing world for food, fuel and fiber.”
“A report by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University projects that over 22 thousand jobs in agriculture related fields may go unfilled every year through at least 2020,” he adds. “This is a great opportunity for smart, young people to start careers in a field that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges.”