A 40 Percent Annual Shortage Between College Graduates with Ag Industry-Related Degrees and Available Job Openings*. New “Science Matters” Initiative Aims to Boost Education and Interest in AgroSciences
Beyond the farm and solutions for feeding a growing population, advances in agricultural sciences improve our daily lives from the cars we drive to the cosmetics people apply.
As our nation commits to making STEM a top priority in classrooms, an upcoming study** (by Bayer and National 4-H Council in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association) reports only 22 percent of high school science teachers include agricultural science in at least some of their lesson plans; even though more than 80 percent think it is important. One reason might be fewer than half of the teachers surveyed say they feel qualified to teach agricultural sciences**.
As National Ag Day approaches, Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA astronaut and first African American female to travel in space, and Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO, National 4-H Council, discuss the need for greater focus on agriculture science in schools and raise awareness among parents and students about careers in this field.
Advances in agricultural sciences include:
– Insulin for diabetics is made from a chemical produced by the pancreas in swine and beef animals
– Books in our classrooms are printed with printer’s ink made from soybeans and held together with glue made from the hide and hair of a cow or pig
– Band-Aids stick to our skin because of proteins found in milk