- WHY INDUSTRY-RELEVANT CONCERNS MATTERS TO OUR ECONOMY
- IMPORTANCE OF PRIMARY INDUSTRIES
- RECOMMENDATIONS: ACTIONS TO FIX
Agribusiness has a growing problem: It is the world’s largest industry, global demand for food and food prices are at their highest levels ever, yet there are not enough graduates to fill industry vacancies to meet these future challenges. Less than 1.5% of students entering universities in Australia and the USA choose agriculture as a career.
The wider public perceive agriculture as ‘just farming’: i.e. raising livestock and growing crops. Yet less than 2% of agricultural employment opportunities are on farms. A myriad of agribusiness service industries are directly linked to agriculture; including food manufacturing, financial planning, lending, insurance, commodity trading, and natural resource management. Agribusiness is the most interdisciplinary study field of all.
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SUSTAINABLE FUTURES FOR FOOD, FIBRE, & RENEWABLE FUELS