ERIC Number: ED023901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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A Program in Agricultural Education in Nevada Based on Off-Farm Agricultural Occupations.
Christensen, Howard Harward
To investigate the further development of agricultural education in Nevada in light of current and future opportunities for employment in off-farm agricultural occupations, personal interviews were conducted with 363 agricultural firms and 30 agricultural agencies. Data were summarized for the 148 companies where some employees needed agricultural backgrounds or training. Some findings were: (1) 1,985 employees were engaged in off-farm agricultural occupations in 1965, (2) Off-farm agricultural workers were employed in only 118 different firms and 30 government agencies, (3) 78 percent of off-farm agricultural employees were located in two counties, (4) Off-farm agricultural workers were generally employed in small business, (5) Nearly one-half of all off-farm agricultural employment was in government agencies, and (6) 154 new employees were needed in off-farm agricultural occupations each year. About 72 percent of the employers indicated their employees needed a broad general plus competency in agriculture, particularly in agronomy, horticulture, irrigation, and soils. They also wanted their employees to have training in economics and agricultural mechanics. Employers generally believed that agricultural education programs have been inhibited by lack of adequate financing, small numbers of off-farm agricultural firms, and rapid teacher turnover. (DM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Educational Needs, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Statistics, Job Skills, Occupational Surveys, Off Farm Agricultural Occupations
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