There are many opinions about agriculture. Believe me, as a college student in agriculture, I have heard them all. It seems like everybody has something to say, from crazy internet theories and real current events happening in agriculture communities to past problems that I learn about in the classroom.
The one thing that all of these opinions seem to have in common is the age of those who are expressing them because we often hear from older generations and do not hear much from the younger generation. This is problematic because the ones whose opinions may be the most important are the youth and college-age students, as the future of agriculture is in their hands. With this in mind, I went out and asked three college students currently studying agriculture what they thought were the most significant challenges facing agriculture today.
They are as follows (in no particular order):
“I believe the biggest issue impacting agriculture is the economy.”
Junior at Oklahoma State University Studying Animal Science
“With prices going up it has been hard for farmers and ranchers to produce to their full potential and still come out even. Not only have fuel prices sky-rocketed but prices for crops to plant, water, and resources have gone up, leaving producers in a hole.”
It is no question that the United States is not in the best position economically.