The old story “Acres of Diamonds” told by Russell Conwell in the early 20th century, may ring true today when one considers the growth of the Latino population and our present and future needs for talent in Agriculture.
According to the story, an old farmer heard about rare diamonds that would give him wealth without limit. He sold his farm and went away and spent many years in search of these diamonds, never to find them. Finally, he gave up, threw himself into the sea and drowned… poor and destitute.
Back home, years later, the man that purchased the old farmer’s land found some “black stones” in a river stream one day… Long story short, the “black stones” ended up being “diamonds in the rough” and later, the old farm became one of the biggest diamond mines in the history of humankind. Right under his own feet, in his own land, the old farmer had acres and acres of diamonds. And so the story goes…
What does this have to do with Latinos and the present and future needs for talent in Agriculture? Do Latinos represent “acres of diamonds” when it comes to future leadership in Agriculture?
If I get the moral of the story right, right here, right now we have an emerging demographic that can represent the leaders of tomorrow.With over 50 million Latinos in the U.S and the numbers projected to be over 30% of the total population by 2050, Latinos represent “acres of diamonds” to Agriculture.
With the age of the average farmer increasing, and individuals starting to retire, there is a gap of talent in the future of Agriculture and Latinos could potentially fill that gap.
2011 NIAA Consumer's Stake in Today's Food Production April 11 - 14, 2011, San Antonio, TX, USA. There has never been a time in which consumers were more interested in the origin of their food supply. Agriculture in the U.S. has proudly developed the most productive, safest, readily available source of wholesome nutrition in the world’s history. And consumers today expect no less. This conference brings new perspectives and calls to action on agriculture engaging consumers.
Population growth and increased per-capita consumption are driving global changes to how food is produced and distributed.
In particular, higher incomes have caused per-capita consumption of livestock products (and feed grains) to increase. However, these trends, like population growth, will not continue indefinitely.
Dr. Douglas Southgate, Jr. Professor of Agricultural, Environmental, and Developmental Economics, The Ohio State University, highlights several of the issues that will cause stress in the system of food production to support a slowing growing population. From the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.