From Agricubusiness HR Review - Report Released

"Nearly 70% of U.S. ag companies and over 50% of Canadian ag companies expect their workforce to increase in size within the next two years..."  read on


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Crop Sensing discussed on Market Journa...

Josh Miller, UNL Doctor of Plant Health graduate student, talks about how crop sensing technology may be able to teach us more about soybean performance during the growing season


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About the DPH program:  DPH graduates have a broad core of interdisciplinary knowledge that enables them to address challenges affecting growth and production of plants.

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Welcome to the Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) website!     

The world critically needs more sustainable production systems for food, fuel, fiber and landscapes. The DPH program is a professional program that offers an exciting opportunity to those who want to make a difference in these production systems.

The DPH program is only the second of its kind in the US. It was established as a result of input from a broad spectrum of employers who strongly support the need for this professional training. Graduates from the program will be in great demand in a broad job market. We are excited to be involved in educating students who will have great potential to contribute to these critical needs worldwide.

If you are planning to register for graduate classes, this has involved a lot of thought on your part. Please take a few more minutes and explore our website and watch our video. We invite you to contact us and tell us about your goals and what you'd like to pursue as a career. We would appreciate the opportunity to share how a Doctor of Plant Health degree will provide you the future you're hoping for.


From Weekly (Jan 7, 2015) - Eight Reasons Why Ag Careers are Needed More than Ever
8 Reasons Why Ag Careers are Needed More than Ever
By: Alyssa Schwarck, Marketing Intern

While agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry that directly affects everyone in the world each day, employers still struggle to find qualified candidates that are enthusiastic about the industry and need. According to the USDA, "between 2010 and 2015 there will be more jobs available in ag and food systems, renewable energy, and the environment than qualified graduates to fill them." With the industry booming but college students being left uninformed about the importance of agricultural careers, the numbers need to increase. Here are 8 reasons that agriculture is needed now more than ever and to choose an agricultural career:

    1..   Population is Increasing
    By 2050 the world's population is projected to hit 9 billion people. To be able to feed and clothe the world, the population is going to rely heavily on agriculture. With that comes the need for new technology, hard workers, creative minds, and college graduates that are ready to get into the workforce and support this ever-changing industry.

    2.  "New" Generation of Agriculture
    Baby boomers are in the primary agricultural leadership roles, but they are retiring at vast rates, leaving many positions un-filled. Employers are having difficulties finding the right talent to put into these positions and 60% of them are shifting their focus to recruiting college graduates.

    3.  Job Diversity
    Within the last 20 years, agriculture has expanded and become so diverse, giving job seekers a wide variety of careers to choose from. There are significant jobs in production, economics, marketing, agribusiness, technology, sales, finance, microbiology, communications, and much more. In 2013, there were 52,862 jobs posted on containing differentiated career opportunities in every aspect of the agricultural industry!

    4.  Shortage of College Graduates in Agriculture
    The truth of the matter is, there just are not enough people going into an agricultural related program of study causing a shortage of qualified job seekers. According to the Enrollment and Employment Outlook Survey, less than 1% of college students are in an agricultural major. In 2013 there were 56,000+ career opportunities in the industry but only 29,000 graduates were trained to fill them.

    5.  Industry Growth
    Since the industry is growing at such a fast pace, there is high demand for qualified job seekers in every aspect of agriculture. The U.S. Department of Labor projects significant growth in selected food, renewable energy, and environmental jobs from now and throughout 2018. Even more, the Agribusiness HR Review shows that 60% of employers are planning to do more college recruiting within the next 1-5 years.

    6.  Technology Advancements
    Agricultural technologies are constantly evolving to help improve productivity. With the new technology, comes a need for job seekers with the right education to be able to work with and develop the technology that will continue to shape the industry.

    7.   Increased Salary
    To remain competitive and to secure the best talent in the industry, employers have been consistently increasing salaries. They have also offered better benefit packages to retain employees. Furthermore, qualified talent is being promoted now faster than any other generation has before.

    8.  Rewarding
    Working in an agricultural related field is rewarding. You get the peace of mind knowing that you are making a positive impact on those around you. People that have careers in agriculture are passionate about what they do and want to see the industry be successful and prosperous. It's rewarding to know that by working in an ag-related career, you are making a difference. Plus, the industry is an easy sector to network and make lasting connections with others in your field.

It is undeniable that the agriculture industry is one of the smartest career paths to take. Whether you are looking for a company that you fit in with, a competitive salary, or you want to make a difference, the agricultural sector has such a wide variety of jobs to choose from that it is easy to find what suits you best. It's a growing field that needs new and talented employees to be ready to fill positions and be the next generation of agriculture.

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Notice... don't forget about Student Health Insurance

As a DPH student we encourage you to consider enrolling for health insurance coverage.  If you are enrolled for 3 or more credit hours, you are eligible to sign up for health insurance in MyRed.  If you are enrolled for less than 3 credit hours, please go directly to the Health Center.  Details about coverage, eligiblity and costs are availabe at this link:

NOTE: Graduate assistants that have the health insurance benefit with their appointments and international students *do not* have to sign up for health insurance.