It’s human nature to want to know what’s going to happen, but the future is notoriously difficult to predict. While we await the jetpacks and apartments on the moon prognosticators foresaw decades ago, let’s ponder what we might be eating in the future.
According to the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the 2016 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised from last month as higher forecast pork and broiler production more than offsets reduced forecasts for beef and turkey.
Although not “set in stone,” President Obama’s 2017 budget provides $24.6 billion in discretionary resources for investment in rural communities, rural youth, beginning farmers, agricultural research, and more.
Speculation about the future of agricultural jobs has been pervasive with the recent announcements of mergers and acquisitions. As the parent companies of the big companies in the crop protection and seed businesses cut jobs by the thousands (Dow, DuPont, Monsanto), the questions is how will this impact the job availability for new college grads planning to enter the agricultural field.
FarmNext recently conducted its national summit to announce results from its 2015 Listening Tour. FarmNext was launched in 2015 “to help elevate the voice of young farmers on a national scale at a time when farming, technology and source of our food is increasingly in the spotlight.”