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.
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AgScape to Lead Career Competition for Students at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show
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!
Working in Agriculture is more than just messy work and physical labour. The agriculture sector requires workers who are educated, skilled and can easily adapt to technology. Enrollment in agriculture related programs has soared in Canada and it is not only “rural farm kids” who are pursuing these programs. Thirty percent of the students in the BA agriculture program at the University of Manitoba are “urban kids” (Country Guide, November 2013). Agriculture is becoming a more attractive field for those entering the job market and two recent articles outline the importance and attraction of working in the agri-food industry.
The article: Ag sector interest sends university enrolment up, published by the Western Producer indicates that enrolment in agricultural programs at post-secondary institutions is on the rise. The article outlines a number of reasons why we are seeing rising enrolments and what this means for our society. It also talks about why students without a farming background are, and should be, enrolling! Read the article at:
Another article published by the CBC titled Young People Drawn to Farming by income, job opportunities and written by Janet Davidson talks about people returning to work farms and the attractions of the industry. The article discusses the changing role of the primary producer and how the growing size of farms is creating a new job description for workers. Read the article at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/young-people-drawn-to-farming-by-income-job-opportunities-1.1668323