U.S. agriculture faces shortage of trained scientists

At least 1,000 trained ag scientists need to be hired by 2015 by domestic life science companies to meet changing global needs, according to a 2013 study by the Coalition for a Sustainable Agricultural Workforce profiled in a May article in the Southeast Farm Press. Despite the demand, not enough university students are being trained fast enough in disciplines such as plant science and crop breeding, according to sources in the article, while the sons and daughters of farmers are looking beyond agriculture and farming to find employment. College administrators are looking at ways to partner with local and national agriculture companies to promote the opportunities in agriculture to incoming students.

Oscar Sjogren

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