The Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences (1984d) has forecast an impending shortage of highly qualified scientists, managers and technical professionals. The number of highly capable students enrolled in advance degree programs in basic agricultural science disciplines is insufficient to meet these future needs for scientific expertise in agriculture since agriculture must compete with other scientific and technical disciplines for the limited number of high quality students with strong scientific preparation. Moreover, enrollments in Colleges of Agriculture at land grant universities have declined 20% since 1980 (Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences, 1984c) This decline can be attributed to two areas of concern: 1) a decline in the traditional college-age population, and 2) the failure of agriculture to compete with other professions in attracting students.



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