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Orlando Commodities Classic

By Lonny Rivera,

In my current role as Director of Innovation for North Point ESC, I spend a great deal of time looking for connections between the K-12 education system and the "Real World." While attending the Commodities Classic in Orlando, I was amazed to see how high tech the world of agriculture has become. It goes way beyond just the stereotypical "tractor and plow," way beyond. I was amazed to see how many different industries are needed to make the Ag world operate.  I met mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers, botanists, agronomists, as well as professionals from the aerospace industry. I am quite certain that the vast majority of educators have little understanding of what career opportunities lie within the Agriculture arena. I plan to host some regional training events to help educate our districts as to what opportunities exist for our students.

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