with Mid-State Technical College
WTCS was pleased to recognize National Ag Day 2018 with an event March 15 at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, which focused on the tremendous variety in ag-related crops and industries in the region.
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.