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Posted by Edward Romero on June 19th, 2011
AgForLife, LLC and TCTS Global, LLC have partnered to organize the Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Forum, specifically called, Latinos in Agriculture: A Leaders Forum on Capitalizing Hispanic Talent, which will be in San Antonio, Texas at the El Tropicano Riverwalk hotel on October 27 & 28, 2011.
AgForLife and TCTS Global hopes to connect industry, government, and education in order to begin an open dialogue about some of the barriers, opportunities, and challenges in recruiting Latinos into Agriculture. For years, government and higher education have been working at trying to entice minorities into agriculture but with limited success. Some agricultural related companies have been working hard to find a diverse and qualified applicant pool as well, but the problem lies in that there are very few Hispanics enrolling in agricultural related degrees in colleges in the United States. In 2008, only 11,353 or 4.5 percent of the 251,422 college students enrolled in an agricultural or related degree program were Hispanic/Latino. In addition, many Latinos view agriculture as a dead-end career where only the negative perceptions of hard work, long hours, stoop labor, low wages, and working in harsh conditions are the norm. This negative perception will continue to challenge us in the coming years if not addressed.
What is the purpose of the leadership forum?
- To explore deliberate approaches in connecting agricultural stakeholders to improve Latino/Hispanic representation in Agriculture.
- To inform industry, government, and academia of the huge potential in creating a Latino/Hispanic pipeline of future students, employees, and consumers.
- To develop and establish a post-conference network of participants interested in addressing some of the challenges in the different market segments related to students, universities, and businesses.
What are the goals of the workshop?
- To share recruiting strategies and best practices from industry, government, and academia on how to increase the Latino/Hispanic student representation into the educational pipeline for agriculture and related fields.
- To allow participants the opportunity to find out more about Latinos/Hispanics and ask what they always wanted to know but were afraid to ask.
- To explore the possibility of establishing an annual event aimed at continuing to address the emerging Latino population and how it relates to the potential impact it can have on the future of Agriculture and related industries.
Participants in the 2011 Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Forum will benefit from the opportunity to network and meet with leaders from industry, government and academia that see the value and have the vision of the opportunity in addressing the impact Latinos can have on the future of Agriculture.
Everyone that attends the forum will walk away with strategies and best practices on how to tap into this emerging demographic and how to better meet the challenge of creating a Latino/Hispanic pipeline of future students, employees, and consumers.
The Latinos in Agriculture Leaders Forum early registration is open until September 16, 2011 and is $295.00 per person and is limited to the first 150 registrants. After September 16, 2011, the forum registration is $350.00. Registration includes three breaks, continental breakfast, lunch, welcome reception and conference materials.
For those on planning to attend, reserve your hotel room at the El Tropicano Riverwalk hotel as soon as possible as only a limited block of rooms are reserved.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. San Antonio will be nice in October. We hope to see you there.
About the Author: Dr. Edward W. Romero is founder and manager of AgForLife, LLC. He is passionate about recruiting more students into agriculture and believes the agriculture industry offers awesome opportunities for young people. You can follow him via AgForLife, LLC on Facebook or Twitter.