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Agriculture degrees vital, not useless

So you want to study agriculture in college? Bad idea, according to a recent Yahoo News article, "College Majors That Are Useless.”

The Yahoo article cites five college majors that produce degrees to avoid. In order they are agriculture, fashion design, theatre, animal science and horticulture.

But Lisa Henderson, a sophomore in agriculture economics and agriculture communication at Kansas State University, didn’t take too kindly to that characterization. In the Kansas State Collegian, she wrote that “a logical evaluation of the world around us and testimony from recent graduates points to a growing need for trained agricultural professionals.”

Henderson made the case that agriculture and related careers will be in high demand in the future. Here’s an excerpt:

The world's population is projected to reach nine billion by the year 2050, and research by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says food production will need to double in order to feed those people, according to the organization's website.

Around the world, trained agricultural professionals are critical to survival and the security of nations.

... Fortunately, America has abundant food supplies, and that is largely due to our emphasis on agricultural research and education at our country's many land grant universities. That investment in agriculture has made farming and ranching more efficient while producing wholesome and nutritious food products.

Agriculture's success has made it possible for fewer farmers to produce more food, but that fact has also meant an increase in the need for agricultural professionals.

The growing demand for food means jobs for those trained in crop science, meat and dairy science, food processing, biotechnology, animal nutrition, genetics, food evaluation, new product development - the list is almost endless.