CSS In The News: Ag Can't Be More Perfect For Technology Driven Students
September 10, 2015
CSS is at the forefront of today's technology-driven green and organic agriculture industry, so we were pleased when the August | September edition of Sactown Magazine wrote extensively about contemporary agriculture, technology and education with a nod to CSS's work in recycling food scraps to improve the health of our soil.
As the editors describe it,
"... there is so much more to today's agriculture than the image of chickens cackling, corn bending in the breeze, tractors switch-backing at harvest time. This picture is accurate, but incomplete. There is another aspect to farming that is often overlooked: the science and business of producing food."
There are a lot more great observations about contemporary agriculture in this edition. A few excerpts:
... White lab coats are as much at home in agriculture as overalls and boots. Contrary to conventional notions, technology and farming indeed go together, and the Center for Land- Based Learning is working to stay ahead of the learning curve, both on the high school level and out in the field with employers who have many slots to fill, now and in the coming years...
... Growing ambition in California agriculture bio-products, computer science, business and finance—all of these areas support farming and agriculture. These STEM jobs—science, technology, engineering and math—have the possibility to create a long and productive future not only for career-minded students but moreover for the region’s and the world’s food systems. 'STEM jobs are where the biggest deficits are,' explains Kimball. "Ag can’t be more perfect for technology-driven students. There are all kinds of tech jobs in agriculture, but students don’t realize it. There are companies right here in the greater Sacramento region doing all of these things—companies like Bayer Crop Science, Marrone Bio-Innovations and CSS."...
... Estimating that 40 percent of all food is wasted, CSS is addressing the state’s food scraps problem by turning grocery store produce that cannot be sold or donated into a product that feeds soil micro-organisms, taking a waste product and turning it into nutrients that farmers can use to build soil health. CSS supports Land-Based Learning in its work around the region, leading tours for area teachers and students through the CSS facilities...
This edition can also be found online in the Archives section of http://www.sactownmag.com/