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Agriculture, food and related industries contributed $1055 trillion to the US economy in 2020. Farming contributed $135 billion, about 13% of the total agriculture contribution. (Economic Research Service, USDA)
In 2020, agricultural employment accounted for 19.7 million jobs. Farming accounted for 2.8 million jobs, about 14% of total agriculture jobs. (Economic Research Service, USDA)
Agriscience is the application of scientific principles and emerging technologies in agricultural enterprises. Students use scientific principles and technologies to study and research complex problems related to agriculture, food production, food processing and distribution, the environment, and natural resouces.
This pathway is for students who are interested in improving plants to help feed a growing population, improving the quality and safety of our food.
This pathway is for students who enjoy working with exotic and companion animals, feeding them, caring for them, researching their diseases, nutrition, and development.
This pathway is for students who are interested in the chemical, biological, and physical makeup of food, to improve their nutritional value, shelf life, and safety of the processes used to create them.
This pathway is for students who enjoy leadership and working with others to make things run smoothly, managing for-profit farms and other businesses.
This pathway is for students who are interested in using science to improve our air and water, reducing pollution, and the harmful effects of human existence.
This pathway is for students who enjoy the outdoors, including exploring wildlife, parks, forests and green spaces.
This pathway is for students who enjoy working with equipment or designing new mechanical systems. They want to apply their knowledge of engineering, hydraulics, pneumatics, and electronics to agriculture.
This pathway is for students who have a strong interest in using science to improve plants and animals with genetic engineering. This works to make food more nutritious and affordable.