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Stanstead Journal - - TOWNSHIP'S TAGRICULTURE -­

(NC)—We’ve all heard the num­bers be­fore: the world pop­u­la­tion is on the rise and we will need to al­most dou­ble food pro­duc­tion by 2050.

Does the burden of pro­duc­ing more food rest squarely on the shoul­ders of farm­ers? Ac­cord­ing to agri­cul­tural re­searcher, Micheal Greer, farm­ers cer­tainly are part of the an­swer, but meet­ing the world’s food de­mands will take the hard work of ex­perts in so many other fields, too.

“There’s so much more to agri­cul­ture than you’d ever think,” says Greer, who is pur­su­ing his PhD in agri­cul­tural re­search at the Univer­sity of Al­berta. Greer speaks from ex­pe­ri­ence; he worked at a flower mill and as a grain ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tor be­fore get­ting into re­search.

He says the field of agri­cul­tural re­search is boom­ing, but agri­cul­ture also re­quires the skills of le­gal ex­perts, reg­u­la­tory af­fairs spe­cial­ists, pub­lic re­la­tions prac­ti­tion­ers, politi­cians and so many oth­ers. “It takes all walks of life to meet the chal­lenges we’re fac­ing to­day,” says Greer. “Agri­cul­ture has come a long way from just pro­duc­ing crops and sell­ing them at the mar­ket,” he adds, point­ing to the size and com­plex­ity of the agri­cul­tural busi­ness to­day.

Greer thinks agri­cul­ture is only go­ing to grow as an in­dus­try. He says while there are the tan­gi­ble perks of work­ing in the in­dus­try (like good salaries and op­por­tu­ni­ties to ad­vance), there are some pretty com­pelling in­tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits as well.

“Agri­cul­ture mat­ters to your community. We see it all around us—and the peo­ple in this in­dus­try are in­cred­i­ble. There are great peo­ple ev­ery­where you turn.”

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