Why Agricultural Education?

d-k-equipment-smAgricultural Education Programs are preparing the next generation of problem solvers, leaders, and agriculturalists through relevant, engaging curriculum and real life experiences.

  • Minnesota‚Äôs agricultural industry is the 2nd largest employer and economic sector in MN.  
  • Every agricultural production job supports an additional 1.5 jobs in all economic sectors.  
  • Over 80% of all agriculture jobs are off the farm.
    •     Processing
    •     Distribution
    •     Supply
    •     Service Sectors
  • Between 2010-2015 the U.S. economy will generate 54,400 agriculture related jobs for students with baccalaureate or higher degrees in food, renewable energy, and environmental specialties
  • employment-opportunitiesProjections predict only 53,500 graduates will be available to fill these open positions.
  • Today, less than 2% of the US population is engaged in production agriculture.
  • This 2% provides food for the entire world.
  • The world population is expected to double by 2050.
  • The same land used today will need to supply the food for the world's population.

Secondary Agriculture Education Programsthree-circle-sm

  • Currently 182 programs in secondary schools across the state with 216 agriculture teachers.
  • Serving over 30,000 students in 7-12 grades
  • Average enrollment per program is 171 students
  • Students in agriculture courses may earn science, economics, art and even college credit.  
  • Variety of Course Offerings
    • Ag Exploration
    • Ag Mechanics
    • Forestry/Natural Resources
    • Animal Sciences
    • Horticulture
    • Work Experience
    • Ag Business

Post-Secondary Agriculture Education Programs

  • SCCCropScouting-sm1300 Agriculture Related Majors in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU)
  • For a complete listing of majors Click Here
  • Post-Secondary students may participate in the Post-secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) organization

Adult Farm Business Management ProgramFBM-Crop-Day-sm

  • Part of the MnSCU system
  • 82 Full-Time Adult Farm Business Management Instructors dispersed throughout the state.
  • Serve over 3500 adult farm operators every year through a variety of consulting and advisory roles from budgeting and balance sheets to marketing and family farm dynamics.  
  • For detailed information on the Farm Business Management program go to www.fbm.mnscu.edu