ERIC Number: ED073250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
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How Industry Views the Future Needs for Agricultural Engineers (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.).
Ebbinghaus, J. H.
A general overview of basic and applied research relating to field machinery and livestock production equipment was obtained from a recent industrial survey. Intended to aid those change agents in farm equipment manufacturing and agricultural education, two summaries of the data point out four important trends in farm equipment: (1) enhancing the vitality and productivity of farms and farmers, (2) emphasis on safety, (3) concern for ecology and the environment, and (4) innovative ideas. Interdisciplinary activities and working relationships, as opposed to the specialized approach influenced by government funding for university research, will require a different educational base for agricultural engineers. Changes in farming and agricultural engineering will involve: (1) shifting market patterns, utilizing technological advances in selling, (2) linking computers to manufacturing, (3) an emphasis on safety designs responsive to human needs and accident reduction, and (4) an awareness of social attitudes and politics. Action programs are necessary for developing new management skills, providing a balanced education, and bringing about needed innovation. The data are presented by means of two charts. (AG)
Descriptors: Agribusiness, Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural Machinery, Economic Change, Educational Needs, Futures (of Society), Human Factors Engineering, Industrial Structure, Innovation, Labor Needs, Research Utilization, Speeches, Technological Advancement
American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2950 Niles Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 ($1.50)
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Authoring Institution: American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, MI.
Note: For presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers (Hot Springs, Ark., June 27-30, 1972)