FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2018
MEMPHIS, TN -- Over 250 Future Farmers of America (FFA) will descend on the Agricenter campus September 19, 2018 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Agricenter's FFA programs are designed to introduce youth to the many agricultural job opportunities that are available and to interact with colleges.
Tim Roberts, Agricenter’s Director of Education, stated, “There are more job openings in agriculture than there are people to fill them. By 2020, there will be over 57,000 jobs available in agriculture and only 35,000 qualified graduates to fill those jobs. This event connects students with opportunities that await them if they pursue an agricultural path.”
The focus of this field day is on plant science and research. Helena Agri-Enterprises will discuss product discovery, registration, and marketing and BASF will explain why data collection is important and the importance of field research. They will learn about wildlife management from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and greenhouse management and maintenance from BASF. Crop Production Services will talk about Ag sales and Waypoint Analytical about soil testing and diagnostics. Agriculture careers in government will be discussed by TN Department of Agriculture.
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Simmons Land Company
TN Department of Agriculture
The field day showcases careers in agriculture. The goal is to show the possibilities students have for occupations in the field of agriculture. Students will rotate from station to station to network with professionals and companies involved in agriculture. They will also visit with several colleges and universities with agricultural degrees to help further their education in agriculture.
Agricenter International, a 1,000 acre farm, is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the knowledge and understanding of agriculture. It has a $524 million annual economic impact on the region, hosts over 1.3 million visitors annually, and educates 10,000 students a year. For more information visit www.agricenter.org or call 901-757-7777.