The world’s demand for food will surge by 2050, with a projected 10 billion people requiring a 70% increase in food production. The question is, who will lead the way to find solutions for this demand and ensure the world’s people will be fed?
A recent nationally representative survey conducted by ORC International on behalf of Land O’Lakes, Inc. shows there’s a startling lack of young people planning to work in the agriculture industry. In fact, only 3% of college grads and 9% of Millennials surveyed have or would consider an ag career. When compared to other industries, respondents were least likely to indicate that they have or would consider a career in agriculture (6%), with healthcare and technology at the highest career interest (each at 21%); followed by education (20%); marketing and sales; finance; and manufacturing and engineering (all at 12%).