alliantgroup Strategic Advisory Board member Mike Johanns recently published an article for Farm Journal where he discussed the U.S. agriculture industry’s need for STEM graduates to step into the farming sector.
“Technological developments in the agriculture sector have created heightened expectations not just for crop yield, but workers as well, which when mixed with the lack of STEM graduates in the U.S. has created an uphill battle for farmers,” said Johanns, the former U.S. Secretary for Agriculture.
According to Johanns, community colleges are taking on the challenge, creating programs in rural areas to help bridge the technological gap between Silicon Valley and farmers.
“The food and agriculture markets are projected to reach approximately $730 billion by 2023,” he said. “While these figures are a sign of encouragement for the agriculture industry, for the U.S. to remain globally competitive, steps must be taken to support technology’s place in the everyday life of farmers and ranchers.”
Click here to read the full article and learn more about how the U.S. can address the need to further strengthen the relationship between STEM graduates and the agriculture industry.