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Millennial farmer
Generation Y came to change the game
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by Kristin Smith

Millennials will take agriculture to the next level

Millennials will change the farming industry. Known for their entrepreneurial spirit and the passion they show for their beliefs, this group of self-starters has the technical knowledge and confidence to carry agribusiness into the future. They desire careers in fields that are more than just interesting to them; they want to make an impact while doing something they love. Drawing these bright young minds into agriculture is essential to help the world find solutions to the problems of food security and global hunger.

Ag Careers: Growing Crops & Ideas

Countless millennials fail to realize an agricultural career can mean so much more than working on a farm. Of the approximately 22 million Americans who work in agriculture related fields, only 10 percent are involved in traditional farming.[1] From Agribusiness to Resource Development and Management or Food Science, there is a wide variety of opportunity for anyone interested in a career in in a career in agriculture. The next generation of farmers will bring innovation, technology, increased income and well-being for farms and their communities.[2]

Do it. Say it. Share it.

This social media-savvy group can share the message of agriculture better than any generation before it. Since Gen Y is rarely without their smart phone or tablet, they can easily distribute information about farming, healthy eating and new Ag technology. They are one click away from their entire friend list. If we can improve our ability to recruit millennials into our industry, we’ll no doubt be able to share our story on a much-larger scale.

Start Young

But how do we do it? Education. It’s the key to getting (and keeping) our youth interested in agriculture and the difference they can make through a career in this field. Get involved with programs like the National Association of Agricultural Leaders, National FFA Organization, Sustainable Agriculture Education Association, or 4H and help the next generation learn what a career in agriculture can do for them and their society.

Do you know any millennials that are taking over the ag world? Tell us about them in the comments.

 

 

 

 

[1] (2012, July 12). Retrieved August 6, 2015, from
http://www.agday.org/education/careers.php

[2] Paveliuc Olariu, C. (2014, March 21). GFAR: Why Agriculture Needs Young People. Retrieved August 11, 2015, from http://foodtank.com/news/2014/03/gfar-why-agriculture-needs-young-people

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