Study Suggests Growing Number Of Ag-Related Jobs

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A new study suggests good news for college graduates with agricultural degrees.

The study predicts about 54,000 agriculture-related jobs will be created in the U.S. every year between now and 2015. That includes areas such as food, renewable energy and the environment.

The study was conducted by Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

It says the job growth is driven in part by increased food demand in other countries.

Mike Compton is with the agriculture school at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He says enrollment there has increased more than 70 percent in the past 10 years, but more students are still needed.

He tells Wisconsin Public Radio that students tend to equate agriculture with farming, but most of the jobs are off the farm.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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