With the increased convenience of travel and communications, global information and understanding will become increasingly important for adequate functioning of our agricultural leaders throughout the world. Multi-national conglommerates, increasing international trade, and world wide trading in stocks and securities suggest, if not yet a global economy, at least a greater interdependence of nations and commercial trades. This is of critical importance to agriculture which traditionally has been at the forefront in international trade. If university agricultural graduates are to perform (and possibly survive) in agriculture's future, they must be cognizant of the evershrinking world, a world in which agriculture will play a major role. Agricultural universities must help prepare their students to learn that there is a future beyond the home farm, their home town, their state and the U.S. It is essential that future agricultural leaders have greater international understanding in order to make wise economic decisions. In other words, "you had better know the rules of the game if you're going to play." American agriculture has no choice but to play, and the rules must be understood by the future team members.
international agriculture, global economy, agricultural trade