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As students, you often take a variety of personality quizzes in elementary and secondary school to provide ideas on your career path. While certain personality traits and characteristics are better suited to certain careers, it turns out that there are no special personality traits needed to work in the agriculture and food sector. AgScape collaborate with Self Management Group on a multi-year project which profiled dozens of individuals who work incareers in agriculture and food. The preliminary findings were that agriculture were that agriculture does not require 'personality traits' which are unique from other sectors. In other words, if you are suited to a career in sales, it could be in automotive, fashion, agri-food. Your skills can take you into this exciting and growing sector of the economy. According to John Marshall, "agri-food careers should be considered mainstream. The agri-food industry is so large and diverse that most common career paths can be found within it."

Why bring your personality and skill set to agriculture? The answer is simple: the opportunities are incredible. Over 2.1 million Canadians work in the agriculture and food secotr and more are needed every day. There is currently a labour shortage in the sector, and it is estimated that by 2025 there will be openings in 114,000 jobs (CAHRC). This translates into opportunity for students. A 2011 University of Guelph report found that there are 3 jobs waiting for every graduate of their bachelore programs in agriculture.

So what are you waiting for? Explore the career opportunities that you could pursue in agriculture and food HERE.

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Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, announced today a two-year investment of up to $5.2 million for the Agriculture Youth Green Jobs Initiative to attract young Canadians to green jobs within the agriculture and agri-food sector. Read more...

AgScape to Lead Career Competition for Students at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show

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Commodity prices may be low, but it still may be a good time to get into farming. Check out three reasons why it might be the best time to venture into farming at Corn + Soybean Digest

AgScape to Lead Career Competition for Students at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show

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Hannah Thomas is proof that a middle school field trip can change a life. When she was in seventh grade (now she is a high school senior), her Alexandria, Virginia, class visited nearby Chesapeake Bay. Hannah fell in love with its beauty and its role in the ecosystem.

Read more at the Progressive Farmer...

AgScape to Lead Career Competition for Students at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show

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The agriculture industry is big business - in fact it's one of the industries that comprise the backbone of Canada's economy - and many studies have shown that the ag-sector is experiencing a labour shortage that is only expected to worsen in the next few years. So what does that mean for the average Ontario high-school student? Simply put: opportunity!

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AgScape to Lead Career Competition for Students at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show

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Be sure to check out the new agriculture career video, recently produced by Agriculture in the Classroom Newfoundland.

Taste Your FutureOn Wednesday, March 23, Food and Beverage Ontario launched an exciting new campaign – Taste Your Future – which is designed to raise awareness of the abundance of jobs in Ontario’s food and beverage processing sector.

Research conducted by Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) shows that while awareness of the opportunities in the industry is low, Ontarians – particularly young people, their parents and newcomers – have an appetite to learn more.

Taste Your Future will feed that hunger. The hub of the program is www.tasteyourfuture.ca - a home for stories, videos and more. Check out the short, 10 question quiz designed to help those less familiar with the industry match their interests with great career and education opportunities. Learn more at the site and join the conversation on Twitter @tasteyourfuture and Facebook/Taste Your Future.

Developed and managed by FBO, the program is part of the industry’s efforts to create 60,000 new jobs in the sector by 2020. It is supported by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

As the Honourable Jeff Leal, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in today’s launch news release, “Ontario is the ideal place for the industry to grow and thrive, with a robust population, colleges and universities training the future workforce, access to local and export markets and an entrepreneurial culture.”

A recent AgCareers.com report shows that nearly 46% of Canadian agriculture companies expect their workforce to increase in size within the next to year. Read more...

GardeningCheck out this Toronto Star article to find out more about the career opporunities available in horticulture and gardening. Read more...

IMG 2973Conservative MPP, Lisa Thompson, representing the Huron-Bruce electorate, is lobbying for high school students to learn more about careers in the agri-food industry.

Thompson has introduced a private members' motion requesting that an agri-food component, focused on career opportunities, be added to the Grade 9 and 10 Ontario curriculum. Learn more...

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