Chippewa Valley Technical College

WTCS was pleased to recognize National Ag Day 2020 with a March 4 event hosted by Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) in Eau Claire.

Held in conjuntion with CVTC's bustling Ag Skills Contest for area high school students, event speakers included CVTC president Bruce Barker, WTCS Board President Becky Levzow, Dept. of Agriculture Interim Secratary Randy Romanski, current Alice in Dairyland Abigail Martin and others.

Agriculture is a major economic driver for the state of Wisconsin, contributing an estimated $88.3 billion annually to the state's economy. The sector also provides hundreds of thousands of great careers in every region of the state - 413,500 jobs, or 11.9% of the state’s employment, in food production and processing.

The state's ag sector is much more diverse than many realize, with a tremendous variety of crop production, dairy and beef cattle, organics, food processing, farm equipment and related industries.

Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer about 60 degree and certificate programs in Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, with the number of degrees awarded nearly doubling in the past 10 years.

The colleges have also experienced a shift in student demographics in Agriculture programs, with the proportion of students younger than 25 increasing from 38% in 2007 to 60% in 2016. This shift has largely been driven by ever stronger collaboration with high school partners, including a growing number of students earning dual credit for ag-related courses.