Agriculture: The Most Important Industry in the World

I posted this blog this morning on the Brock Center for Agricultural Communications blog in response to the Yahoo article naming agriculture as the most useless of college degree. You can read the original post here. 

This morning, Yahoo ran a story titled “College Majors That Are Useless.” Their number one most useless degree in America? Agriculture. You can read the article here.

This is beyond frustrating. Yes, farms are becoming more mechanized. Yes, we are becoming more efficient at producing more food on less land. But let’s not forget the population is growing rapidly and we still need to greatly increase agricultural production.

Agriculture isn’t just farming and ranching either. Agribusiness provides a multitude of jobs with the express purpose of supporting the farming and ranching segments of the industry.

How detached from agriculture are the majority of Americans if they think agriculture degrees are useless? Did they eat breakfast this morning? Are they wearing clothes? Are they using a computer? Without the agriculture industry, none of these things would have been possible.

Agriculture is not the most useless degree in America. People going into the agriculture industry need to be educated so we can continue to feed the growing population. In our opinion, agriculture has been and always will be, the most important industry in America.

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