Agriculture and natural resource literacy will be center stage when food safety and scarcity become a greater focus of attention. With each passing season the reality of exponential population growth and the need to feed the world becomes increasingly imminent. Some argue that the United States has become a country that is mostly, agriculturally illiterate. Today there continues to be a disconnect that people have about where their food and fiber comes from and the role of agriculture in their daily lives. To address the agriculture literacy among students at the collegiate level, the Department of Agricultural Education has identified this area of focus as a major pillar of faculty and staff efforts. The current lack of understanding with regard to the intersection between agriculture and society is an opportunity for focused educational events to encourage a robust understanding of agriculture. The Department offers formal coursework in understanding agriculture from a consumer’s perspective to better position college graduates as active agents of change in economic, education, social, and/or political environments. The Department seeks to address many of the literacy issues through formal and non-formal educational programs, and by research, the social and behavioral issues associated with agricultural and natural resources literacy.
Other programs include Arizona Project WET.