AgriNovus Indiana connects college students to agriculture careers

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Amid ongoing labor shortages within the agriculture sector, AgriNovus Indiana is taking proactive steps to address these challenges by engaging college students from diverse academic backgrounds. On June 4, 2024, twelve students from Indiana universities, including Ball State junior Rilynne Puckett, participated in an educational tour organized through the Field Atlas platform, which is designed to promote the agricultural & bioscience industry.

Rilynne, who is studying Chemistry at Ball State University, expressed that her upbringing did not expose her much to the vast opportunities in agriculture. The tour, which included visits to Fair Oaks Pig Adventure and a farm operated by Solinftec in West Lafayette, broadened her understanding and appreciation of the sector. “I realized agriculture is not just about hard labor; it’s a thriving community eager to embrace innovation and creativity,” Rilynne remarked.

The Field Atlas initiative seeks to build awareness among students about career opportunities that align with their studies and introduce them to on-farm experiences. Witnessing the advanced application of chemistry in agriculture sparked a new interest in the field for Rilynne. She now sees potential for a future career in agriculture, aligning her chemistry skills with her desire to positively impact the food industry.

The program targets students with a direct interest in agriculture as well as those studying biology, food science, pharmacy, nutrition, and data science, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of modern agriculture. Participating universities included Purdue, Indiana University, IUPUI, Indiana State, Manchester, Marian, and Franklin College. AgriNovus Indiana aims to continue expanding the Field Atlas program to include more students and disciplines, underscoring the role of education in filling the labor gaps in agriculture and fostering a new generation of innovators in the field.

Source: WCSI

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