Kendra Flood, a soon-to-be college graduate, is answering her calling: teaching the next generation of agricultural leaders.
An Ag Void to Fill
Each year, there are nearly 60,000 annual job openings in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environmental industries yet only approximately 35,000 qualified college graduates to fill those positions. Employment opportunities in these fields are expected to continue to increase in the coming years.
Even though these positions are vital to addressing major issues such as food security and sustainable energy, few high school and college students are aware of the vast array of career options in the agricultural industry.
Kendra dreams of changing that.
Paying It Forward
As a current FFA leader, Kendra has a passion for helping students understand the important role agriculture plays in our world, as well as the endless career opportunities available in this field. Just this year, America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders named Kendra a scholarship recipient as a way to encourage her to follow her dreams.
After she graduates from college in 2020, Kendra plans to dedicate her career to fostering the next generation of ag through agricultural education.
The America’s Farmers program has been very beneficial in my life. I heard about it through the national FFA scholarship, and so I applied through that … The ag industry is so huge. There are so many different opportunities available to those in the field.KENDRA FLOOD, GROW AG LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
Raising Future Ag Leaders
Each year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in ag scholarships to students pursuing ag-related fields. The program aims to raise awareness of the job outlook for the agriculture industry.
If you’re an American farmer, consider endorsing a high school senior or college student for a Grow Ag Leaders scholarship. They could receive $1,500 to pursue their agriculture studies and passion.ers scholarship. They could receive $1,500 to pursue their agriculture studies and passion.