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Career and Technical Education (CATE) - Agriculture

These days, it would seem that fewer and fewer students want to get involved in agriculture. To many of them, it’s a form of hard labor, working all day tilling soil, watering plants, and harvesting crops.

More so in the advent of modern technology, there is now a wide range of more “modern” careers that students would prefer to get into. The tech industry appeals so much to students nowadays that agriculture is slowly becoming a very niche industry, having only very few practitioners.

However, agriculture today remains a necessary industry. It is responsible for feeding a country’s population; without it, everyone will go hungry. In the case of the USA, for instance, there is still much agricultural land. To meet the food demands of the population requires a new breed of farmers and agriculturists.

For this reason, more CATE-track students are encouraged to take up agriculture education. Here they will learn about food production, natural resources, and many other aspects of agriculture.

If technology is what appeals to most young people today, agriculture is not devoid of such things. Modern farming makes use of a lot of modern tech, like GPS, fuel-efficient engines, drones, and even genetics. Managing large swaths of farmland also requires good communications technology, which is something that agriculture students can also get into.

Part of agriculture education has to do with leadership and management as well. Farms are a bit like factories, with different “departments” and various teams of people working toward a common goal. Agriculture is a team effort, so students would also learn how to be good leaders in the field.