Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Job-Hunting Students Unaware of a Top Hiring Sector

Dec 21, 2016 02:31AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features, Family Features Lifestyle





A national survey reports that students getting ready to enter the workforce are often overlooking one of the top hiring sectors – agriculture.

The research, sponsored by the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program, found that agriculture is not being considered by many high school and college students, despite it being one of the country’s major industries. In fact, only 3 percent of students recognize the agriculture industry as a top hiring sector.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, employers have nearly 60,000 job openings in agriculture annually, but only approximately 35,000 students with the proper training and education to fill these jobs each year.

Part of the awareness gap may be attributed to a lack of understanding of the varied job prospects and technology focus in the agriculture industry. Fewer than one in five students (19 percent) students surveyed felt they understood the career opportunities in agriculture, and only one in three students (35 percent) described agriculture as a technology-driven industry.

However, today’s agriculture industry offers a wide array of career paths for individuals with interest in technology, science, education, agronomy and business – among other fields. From agriculture economists and agronomists, to crop consultants, food scientists and engineers, experts in multiple fields – especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas are needed to drive innovations growers need to feed the world’s growing population.

To help close this gap, the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, awards scholarships to help develop the next generation of agriculture leaders. Students looking to pursue higher education in an agriculture-related field of study from a two- or four-year program or trade school are eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship until Feb. 1, 2017.

“The field of agriculture provides many exciting and important career opportunities for today’s students, and we feel it’s important to support youth who are pursuing their studies in this growing and dynamic industry,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president.

To find more information or to apply for the program, visit www.GrowAgLeaders.com, or learn more about the program at Facebook.com/AmericasFarmers.

Sponsored by Monsanto Fund



Family Features Family Features Lifestyle


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Rhythms on the River

    03/30/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    03/31/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Festival des Fleurs

    04/01/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Gardeners will delight in the wide selection of plants available for sale, including native plant...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    03/27/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    03/29/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Rhythms on the River

    03/30/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    03/31/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Festival des Fleurs

    04/01/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Gardeners will delight in the wide selection of plants available for sale, including native plant...


  • Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear

    04/02/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    "What if the antidote to fear - any fear - lay within easy distance? Would you reach for it o...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/03/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/05/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks

    04/05/2017
    05:30PM — 07:30PM

    The 2017 Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks will be held Wednesday; April 5, 2017 from 5:30 pm t...


  • Rhythms on the River

    04/06/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    04/07/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Walk For Hope and Family Fun Day

    04/08/2017
    07:30AM — 12:00PM

    Walk For Hope is an annual family oriented event which aims to increase autism awareness while ra...


  • Relay For Life of St. Landry Parish

    04/08/2017
    04:00PM — 10:00PM

    We are Two Steppin Out Cancer at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square for Relay For Life. Fea...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/10/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • 2017 Minority Health Awareness Summit

    04/12/2017
    09:30AM — 03:00PM

    Are you an area professional passionate about improving the lives of others? Are you a concerned ...


  • Rhythms on the River

    04/13/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Journey to the Cross

    04/14/2017
    01:00PM — 08:00PM

    Journey to the Cross: The Prophesy of the King will take place on Good Friday, April 14 from 1pm-...


  • Downtown Alive!

    04/14/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


 

 

Current Issue