AGRICULTURE'S GRADUATE SHORTFALL: ‘We should be graduating three times as many students as we are now’

So says the associate dean of the Ontario Agricultural College in the wake of a report showing that industry demand for agriculturally-savvy graduates is substantially greater than the number of students it is producing


After four years studying at the University of Guelph and a steady stream of summer-time employment, Rebecca Hannam and Eric Martin barely had time to draw a deep breath before being thrust out into the working world.

Their studies wrapped up in April. Within days, they started the jobs they had agreed to accept months earlier – Hannam with the Royal Bank in Fergus, north of Guelph, as an agriculture account manager trainee and Martin as a western Ontario sales agent for Purina Feeds.

Better Farming - May 2012