About

A Message from our Chair
Sherri Brown, Vice President of Science Strategy, Monsanto

Our Mission

Feed, Nourish, Thrive, this website and portal to online educational resources, is a campaign aiming to raise awareness regarding the dire need for more young people to enter careers in food and agriculture.

This campaign website and portal helps young people currently making decisions about their future explore various interesting and fulfilling careers in food and agriculture. By engaging with the site, and delving into its interactive resources, young people will learn that careers in food and agriculture can help to sustainably feed the 9 billion people that will be on the Earth by 2050. They’ll also learn that food and agriculture jobs make great careers, and pay well!

Feeding the planet is one of the greatest challenges for the future. Technology and applied sciences hold the key to solving this problem. Unfortunately, the supply of students going into the Food & Ag industry is lower than the demand. According to data gathered by the USDA and Purdue University, an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates with expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment are expected to fill 61% of the expected 57,900 average annual openings. This means that 39% of jobs will need to be filled by students without formal preparation in the field.

We’ll need more young people to fill these critical jobs. This portal was debuted at the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue on October 15, 2015. It was created as an ongoing project by the STEM Food & Ag Council, a project of STEMconnector. Check back often to learn more about important career choices in food and agriculture.

STEM Food & Ag Council Background

The STEM Food & Ag Council (SFAC) is a membership group, coordinated by STEMconnector, with the goal of engaging the next generation in STEM careers in the Food & Agricultural sector. The Council has the bold vision of developing the requisite human capital that will drive the innovation to feed 9 billion people by 2050.

Together, as fully committed leaders and professionals, the SFAC will engage America’s youth, educators and parents to inspire, nurture and engage them in their discovery and pursuit of STEM Food & Agriculture careers. The SFAC convenes the key players from industry, non-profits, higher education and government in order to maximize impact through collective action.

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Sponsors

Profiles

Members

The Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing management and...

ADM

For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing...

Agriculture Future of America creates partnerships that identify, encourage and support outstanding young men and women pursuing careers in...

ASPB is a professional society devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and...

Beck’s is the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States, serving  farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan,...

CHS

CHS is a diversified energy, grains and foods company committed to providing the essential resources that enrich lives around the world.

As one of America’s most respected community colleges, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) is a public institution committed to helping its...

DuPont Pioneer is the world's leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics,...

The International Food Information Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan educational foundation based in Washington, DC.

Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is one of the world’s leading institutions of agriculture, with more than 150...

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community...

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is one of America’s premiere member-owned cooperatives.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources provides undergraduate students an academically challenging environment where they will put their...

Monsanto is an agriculture company with more than 20,000 dedicated employees committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our...

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career ...

The National FFA Organization (previously known as the Future Farmers of America)...

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services...

About PepsiCo

Tuskegee University is a national, independent, and state-related institution of higher learning that is located in the State of Alabama.  The...

UC Davis is one of the world's leading cross-disciplinary research and teaching institutions, located in Davis, California.

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing...

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), Nebraska’s comprehensive research institution, is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Doctoral/...

The United States Department of Agriculture is the regulatory agency that overees the nation's agriculture industry.

For more information, please contact us at feednourishthrive@stemconnector.org