Many of today’s major challenges—including energy security, national security, human health, and climate change—are closely tied to the global food and agriculture enterprise.

Academic institutions with programs in agriculture are in a perfect position to foster the next generation of leaders and professionals needed to address these challenges. However, to keep pace with changing times, undergraduate agricultural education needs a new focus.

This National Research Council report, Transforming Agricultural Education for a Changing World (2009) proposes nine steps for academic institutions, funding agencies, employers, professional societies, and other stakeholders to implement to attract top students and prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.