A few farm-focused novels to inspire kids to learn more about the world of farming and maybe get a few young people back out into the fields. Hattie Big Sky , by Kirby Larson. Now she must figure out how to provide for herself with this land. This autobiographical novel shares the story of Robert and his father, a butcher in rural Vermont in the s. Expect to answer questions from young readers about the graphic boar and sow mating scene.
Agriculture has an image problem. Most youth think of it as back-breaking labor without an economic pay-off and little room for career advancement. This week in Des Moines, the World Food Prize has honored and highlighted youth in agriculture education programs. This is a global challenge: half of the farmers in the United States are 55 years or older and the average age of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa is around 60 years old. The agricultural sector offers huge potential for job creation and communicating this to youth can radically change their image of agriculture. Youth across the world are already turning to farming and the food system for careers. Agriculture in the 21st century means more than subsistence farming.
Research at Michigan State University. Brandt Chair in Public Relations, is a leading expert on the public perception of science and scientists. His work has revealed that, unlike the mad scientist character often portrayed in fiction, scientists are among the most highly regarded professionals in society.
What are the most important current needs of young farmers in Europe? What are the existing exchange schemes for young people interested in farming, and how can these be improved? A study commissioned by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development DG AGRI was presented which revealed the most important current needs of young farmers in Europe, an overview of existing exchange schemes and a guide to establish or improve those schemes.