To be honest…I hadn’t given much thought to careers in agriculture before my internship. I began to think about it after our day at Open Grounds Farm. This began the discussion of the need for the next generation of agriculture workers. There is a shortage of younger people entering the field. The fear is that many farms will have to close with no one to continue the legacy. Mr. Ipock told us he is the last generation of his family that will farm He knows when he is done, the farm will be done too.
I started to think about how we can get kids interested in job opportunities in agriculture. I think many high school students think a job in agriculture only means working in the dirt on the farm. Although this is an option, this will not spark the interest of many of my students. I think the key to getting students intrigued by the possibility of employment in agriculture depends on them being informed about all of technology now involved. From precision agriculture to genetic engineering…this is what will interest them. As a now aware teacher, it is my job to inform them.