Faculty members in colleges of agriculture across the United States are being forced to modify their approaches to teaching technical agriculture courses in order to accommodate the changing livestock skill levels that entering college agriculture students possess. A growing number of journal articles and conference presentations deal with the topic of providing practice in performing agricultural skills at the university level. Those who question the appropriateness of this type of education in a university setting generally focus their arguments around two issues:
1. agricultural skills should be practiced and developed in educational settings other than four year colleges and universities, and
2. college graduates in agriculture will secure positions requiring managers rather than practitioners.
Vocational agricultural teachers, livestock skills, hands-on experiences