Diversified Ag Field for College Students

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The field of college students pursuing degrees related to agriculture, food and forestry careers is diversifying. That story ahead on This Land of Ours.

Diversified Ag Field for College Students

From: USDA.gov

Steering the Best Talent Towards Colleges of Agriculture
Jay Akridge
Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture
Purdue University

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USDA 2016 Agricultural Outlook Forum

The Talent Pipeline

  • Supply and demand for high potential talent:

57,900 annual jobs available, B.S. and higher, food, renewable energy, environmental specialties

35,400 agriculture, forestry/natural resources, and veterinary medicine graduates

Agriculture Talent Pipeline Drivers Of Change

  • Flat enrollments overall, growth in Agriculture enrollment could continue
  • More diverse student body, more women in agriculture and higher levels of attainment
  • Fewer students with ‘traditional’ background
  • Mixed perceptions of agricultural industry
  • Increased role of technology in education
  • Major focus on affordability/attainment/value
  • Industry looking for ‘career ready’ graduates
  • Career opportunities look strong

Looking Ahead: Issues/Opportunities

  • Attracting diverse talent
  • Managing cyclical nature of industry, perceptions and understanding
  • Capitalizing on ‘agriculture’ as an area of focus
  • Creating access, respecting land-grant mission
  • Focus and state boundaries
  • Utilizing technology in productive ways
  • Blending ‘work’ and ‘school’
  • Managing cost, demonstrating value

Read the full publication with all charts. (.pdf)

From: Agriculture Future of America

Future Leader Preparedness Study

Why was the study necessary?

  • AFA, in partnership with Millennium Research, commissioned a study to discern if the AFA Leader Development Model is appropriately preparing future leaders in agriculture. Results of the survey indicate that, while improvements can be made to leader development programs, they serve a critical role in preparing future leaders to make the transition into the workforce, and contribute immediately to the growth and innovation of our industry.

What goals did AFA hope to accomplish with this study?

  • Identify similarities and gaps in understanding between future leaders and industry leaders in agriculture. ® To benchmark and validate core competencies within the AFA Leader Development Model.
  • To improve and enhance leader training programs including the AFA Leader Development Model.

Read the Future Leader Preparedness Study (.pdf)