The most efficient, most highly productive agriculture in the world has been fueled by a highly sophisticated agricultural technology which has been developed and applied to real agriculture problems on farms and in agricultural business and industry. Historically, most professional agriculturists have had a background in practical agriculture, but an alarming majority of college agriculture students today come from non-farm or urban backgrounds. Although agricultural graduates are still getting jobs, colleges and universities are genuinely concerned about the implications of graduating students who may not be able to relate and apply agricultural technology to practical situations. Some institutions are developing a capability to provide practical training for agriculture students. The successful experience of these institutions suggest some guidelines for providing practical training.
non-farm students, practical training