Heading to College? An Ag Degree Could Land You a Job.

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A recent survey reports that students getting ready to enter the workforce are often overlooking one of the top hiring sectors – agriculture.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, employers have nearly 60,000 job openings in agriculture annually, but only 35,000 students with the proper training and education to fill these jobs. In fact, only 3 percent of students recognize the agriculture industry as a top hiring sector.

Thankfully, today’s agriculture industry offers a wide array of career paths for individuals with interest in technology, science, education, agriculture and business – among other fields. From agriculture economists, to crop consultants and engineers, experts in multiple fields are needed to feed the world’s growing population.

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To help close this gap, the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is awarding scholarships to help develop the next generation of agriculture leaders. Students looking to pursue higher education in an agriculture-related field of study from a two- or four-year program or trade school are eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship until Feb. 1, 2017.

To learn more or apply for the program, visit FFA.org/scholarships, or check out America’s Farmers on Facebook.

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Author: National FFA Organization

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