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Agriculture’s most important century

Tue, 08/04/2015

With the global population expected to grow by 3 billion in the next century, AgriCorps volunteers are doing their part to help train the farmers of today and the future.

By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Trent McKnight“This is the most important century agriculture will face,” said Trent McKnight during his presentation at the 2015 Ag Media Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We never had the challenge before of feeding this many people.”

He explained that 2014 was the “peak child year”— more children were born last year than there were in any previous year or will be in any future year. Right now, there are 2 billion people on Earth under the age of 16, and by the end of the century the global population will max out at 10 billion people.

“Our greatest challenge of the next century will be feeding those 3 billion additional mouths,” he said. Read more

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