Soon, more people on Earth will require more land on which to live. More people will also require more food, meaning land currently devoted to agriculture will shrink, even as it must be more productive. Now more than ever, the world’s agricultural producers and thought-leaders must be vigilant in attracting individuals who are motivated and have the expertise to meet this challenge head-on.
Our planet must support more than nine billion people in 2050.
That’s about 30 percent more people that are on Earth right now. As the population grows, less land will be required to feed more people.
Available farmland has shrunk 44 percent globally since 1991.
In 1991, .81 acres of farmland was available per person on Earth. That number has already fallen to just .37 acres per person today.
We must produce more food and energy in the next 30 years than in the last 50 years combined.
Our food, feed and fuel production must increase exponentially, requiring massive investments to attract new workers and increase innovation in the fields of ag and bioscience.
The world needs experts.
Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor is ready.
Once the testing ground of agricultural giants George Washington Carver, Norman E. Borlaug and Henry A. Wallace, a region in Central Iowa known as the Cultivation Corridor has grown from the roots of the Green Revolution into a world-class bioeconomy built on innovation and expertise in five industries vital to the world’s future. With more than 1,250 agbioscience companies in Iowa already working to solve global challenges, the Cultivation Corridor has become a premier destination for industry leaders, research and capital investments from around the world. Now, to hasten progress and innovation in the agbio sector, the Cultivation Corridor is leading research to help in the identification and attraction of new generations of experts to the world’s agricultural epicenters.
The National Student Study
The Cultivation Corridor has conducted a first-of-its-kind national student study to identify trends among college-bound high school students with expressed interest in agbioscience careers.
Approximately one in five college-bound students, or about two million students nationally, appeared interested in agbioscience degree programs.
Five out of eight students agree that science and technology are creating exciting new opportunities in agriculture and life sciences.
Interest in agbioscience appeared relatively even across the country and appeared to increase as students neared graduation.
High school activities such as FFA, military programs, science clubs, history clubs and literary clubs showed a higher correlation to an interest in an agbioscience degree program.
Passions in food and animal safety, and renewable energy development were closely aligned with an interest in agbioscience, suggesting gateway topics for agbioscience programs.
Passion trumps tradition: students ranked “Following Your Passion” and “Career Opportunities” as the biggest motivators for pursuing an agbioscience degree.
The Oregon Corridor, The West Lafayette Corridor, the Nebraska Corridor and Iowa’s Cultivation Corridor were ranked as the most appealing agbioscience destinations by a 20-state survey area.
The National Student Study recorded responses from more than 1,200 college-bound high school seniors across a 49-state area regarding their interests, motivations and perceptions of agbioscience-related careers, degree programs and research corridors.