If you’ve been to the movies lately and stayed to watch the credits, it’s amazing to see how many people are involved in the production of a feature length film. And while Northeast farms, forest product and fishing businesses may not have as large of a supporting cast as a Hollywood blockbuster, it takes a team to produce the high quality food and fiber that consumers rely upon and enjoy.
For the past decade, there has been a lot of focus on the Millennials and how their generation differs from those that come before them. Now there is a new generation to focus on and learn about — Generation Z! Learn more about some of the key traits that differentiate this new generation.
With increases in production efficiency and year-over-year improvements in equipment and other technologies, today’s American farm is truly a sophisticated enterprise, made even more so by the modern need to incorporate product preferences and buying behavior into production decisions.
Some are the youngest generation of family farms in rural areas and others grow vegetables in urban areas. But, there’s a common thread among the students participating in agricultural education programs and Future Farmers of America (FFA) in the Northeast: They all have a passion for agriculture, and the FFA Star Program is a way to recognize that passion and turn it into plans for the future.