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18 Jun, 2015

USDA Report Shows Increase in Agriculture Jobs

A new report from the United States Department of Agriculture shows increasing career opportunities for agriculture graduates.

Agriculture companies such as Lakeside Organics in Watsonville have a need for college graduates. The company employs 300 people on its more than 40 vegetable ranches in Watsonville, Moss Landing and Pajaro.

"The ag business is very stable because people have to eat. One farmer feeds more than 250 families," says Lakeside Organics Operations Manager Juan Gonzalez.

The USDA report reveals big demand for agriculture grads. Of the nearly 60,000 job openings each year, only 35,000 people apply.

The report projects more than half the jobs will be in business or management, more than a quarter in science, technology, engineering and math. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the field is wide open.

"In addition to the farming opportunities there are a series of other mechanisms. Whether it's conservation or agribusiness or communications that's the underlying message here is agriculture is something you may want to think about," Vilsack said.

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