Spring is closing in fast and thoughts of high school juniors and seniors turn to the future. Many will go to college. And many have no clue what to study.

That’s okay. It’s hard to decide at age 18 what to do with your life. It was the same for me. I was two years into college before I decided to pursue a degree in agriculture.

I have no regrets. Agriculture has been good to me. And it can be good for you. Maybe you should consider being an ag grad.

Here are five reasons why:

  • Fulfillment. Not everyone can be a farmer or rancher. It takes land. Capital. Know-how. But a bushel of careers support farmers and ranchers. Scientists. Researchers. Engineers. Food safety experts. All are vital links in the food chain. It feels good to make a difference.
  • Diversity. Farming and ranching is much more than plows and cows. It’s developing new seeds. Building better equipment. Discovering efficiencies in crop and livestock production. Bright minds—in many different fields—will drive the future of food. Wouldn’t you like to be a part of it?
  • Challenge. Feeding the world is a worthy goal. Especially considering the world population will grow from 6.5 billion people today to 9.1 billion by 2050. That means world food production will have to grow 50 percent . While using fewer resources. No one said the future of agriculture will be easy. It will take people with great vision to make it work.
  • Lucrative. A recent story in USA Today named agriculture/natural resources as one of five highest paying degrees of 2015. Ag grads can earn much more than the average graduate, with an average starting salary of over $51,000. Those who work their way to management positions generally earn the most—over $800,000 more than the typical college grad.
  • You get to work with farmers and ranchers. One of my great joys. I earned a degree in Agriculture Journalism from Texas A&M and I’ve worked with farmers and ranchers for most of my career. I’ve learned a lot from these men and women. Pride. Passion. Dedication. I hope these attributes I admire so much have rubbed off on me.

So there you have it. Five reasons to be an ag grad. Happy future. And don’t forget to check out Texas Farm Bureau scholarship opportunities. We can help you get started!