Today’s college students are in a position to be at the forefront of the burgeoning agricultural revolution, as more colleges and universities add organic and sustainable farming courses to their curricula.
An article by The Associated Press reported that these new graduates may be entering the job market in a timely fashion, since the average farmer in the U.S. is 57 years old. Moreover, companies appear to be focused on diversifying their agricultural businesses.
“Everybody’s going back to school because you have to. We know that equals earning potential and survivability on and off the farm,” said Curtis Miller, director of education for the American Farm Bureau Foundation, quoted by the news source. “No matter how you raise your food, fiber or fuel, this diversification includes a lot of these educational programs.”
The University of Kentucky recently reported on an event in August in which hundreds of students and educators gathered to talk about how their sustainable farming courses operate and to exchange innovative techniques.
The event, called the Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference, was meant to strengthen educational efforts on new farming methods, helping institutions develop strong curricula to prepare the country’s future farmers.