Students Turning to Agriculture

Enrollment at many colleges of agriculture is reportedly booming as students look to study subjects that offer a path to a job upon graduation. This fall – for instance – the ag college at Iowa State University is expecting to surpass an enrollment record set 35 years ago. Iowa State reports a 95-percent job-placement rate for graduates from the colleges of engineering and agriculture. DuPont Pioneer Senior Human Resources Manager Cindy Heser says her company has been a top employer of College of Agriculture graduates for the past two years – and she says demand for skilled workers in the industry shows no signs of letting up. That’s due in part to the challenge of feeding the world’s growing population. Some predict ag productivity will need to increase 70-percent by 2050 to keep up. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.