This study examines characteristics and occupational choices of agricultural students in Missouri and Arkansas non-land grant universities. The most striking findings were not the differences between agricultural economics/agribusiness and basic agricultural science majors, but the similarities between the two groups. Of all occupation preferences included for evaluation, "farmer" rated the highest, with no significant difference between social and basic science majors. Surveyed students were of a very traditional nature and most planned to continue farming after graduation. Yet, these traditional students require training that will enable them to meet the changing demands of the agricultural industry.



agricultural students, non-land grant universities, traditional agricultural students

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