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USDA, Education Team Up to Promote Career Pathways

Posted by Andrala Walker - On April 19, 2012 (EST)

USDA, Education Team Up to Promote Career Pathways

On Wednesday, the U.S. Departments of Education and Agriculture teamed up to enhance agriculture education and related programs that promote postsecondary and career pathways, including teaching, according to an interagency agreement.  The agreement was signed and announced during a White House Rural Council meeting with local educators at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Both Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Agriculure Secretary Tom Vilsack were on hand for the announcement.  "Agricultural education is central to the future of American prosperity," said Duncan.  "Many may not realize that agriculture supports one in 12 jobs across the nation.  For the U.S. economy to continue to rebound and grow, agriculture has to help lead the way."

The agreement calls for the Departments to exchange a variety of information and participate in joint activities, including webinars, conferences, outreach materials, and helping each other identify industry-validated standards, assessments, best practices, accreditations, and certifications.  The Departments will also work jointly to find and use pathways and career programs of study that can prepare students for rewarding careers related to agriculture, food and natural resources.

"American agriculture makes incredible contributions to the health of our economy and the strength of our nation as a whole.  That's why it's so important to recruit the best and brightes of the next generation to pursue careers in agriculture," said Vilsack.

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