About

The STEM Food & Ag council is a membership group, coordinated by STEMconnector, with the goal of engaging the next generation in STEM careers in food and agriculture. The Council has the bold vision of developing the requisite human capital that will drive the innovation necessary to sustainably feed over nine billion people by 2050. The Council convenes key players from industry, non-profits, higher education and the public sector in order to maximize impact through collective action.
The STEM Food & Ag Council is organized and administered by an Executive Committee, consisting of a diverse group of membership organizations. There are currently four Working Groups, each tasked with duties surrounding the various Council actions:
  • User Experience – One ongoing project of the STEM Food & Ag Council is FeedNourishThrive.org, a website launched to help those currently making decisions about their future explore various interesting and fulfilling STEM careers in food and agriculture. This Group’s focus is to ensure that content is creative, interesting and consistently updated, and to modify the site as needed to improve the user experience.
  • Data Validation – Ensuring that messaging is interesting and compelling to the target audience is crucial to the work of the STEM Food & Ag Council. This Group has conducted several focus groups to get a sense of what young people’s career interests are and how they feel about careers in food and agriculture. The Group will also help to disseminate their findings externally and inform the work of the Council.
  • Outreach Event – It is important to the work of the Council that young people making career choices are able to be a part of the conversation. This Group is organizing and implementing an outreach event on April 27, 2017, in conjunction with the Global STEM Talent Summit, that will be a live, in-person and webcast, conversation between current and future STEM food and agriculture leaders.
  • Growth & Retention – The Council strives to ensure that Council members derive value from their membership. This Group exists to help grow the Council and find new and diverse membership and to mold the Council’s project and initiatives to the current interests and needs of the members.


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Mission

Together, as fully committed leaders and professionals, the SFAC will engage America’s youth, educators and parents to inspire, nurture and engage them in their discovery and pursuit of STEM Food & Agriculture careers.

The professionals that fill these careers will be the individuals helping feed the world through innovations in science and technology. The SFAC convenes the key players from industry, non-profits, higher education and government in order to maximize impact through collective action.

Why is SFAC important?

The STEM Food & Ag Council is a unique coalition of members from across the food and agriculture ecosystem. Focusing on preparing the future workforce and driven by industry, the Council is able to leverage the collective action of many organizations to affect real change in STEM education. A single college, university, corporation or youth-serving organization can not ensure a healthy, active ecosystem. Only with participation from everyone, which is the ultimate strength of the Council, can we prepare young people to feed the world.

Projects

A Conversation Between Current and Future Leaders

On April 27, 2017, the STEM Food & Ag Council will simulcast a Town Hall at Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University. With the goal of increasing awareness of STEM Career Opportunities in Food and Agriculture the event will target college-aged students who have a demonstrated interest and aptitude in STEM fields. A live audience will comprise students from SFAC member institutions and local schools. Speakers will include senior, high level executives from Food and Agribusiness who will speak about the opportunities and trends in the field. Students in the live audience and throughout the world will have the opportunity to interact with speakers and ask questions, aided by technology. An emphasis will be put on global participation from various locations, including live interaction.

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Feed Nourish Thrive

Launched by the STEM Food & Ag Council, Feed Nourish, Thrive is an initiative to help those currently making decisions about their future explore the various interesting and fulfilling STEM careers in food and agriculture. Feed, Nourish, Thrive’s vision is to create a portal with dynamic content to engage young people about opportunities in food and agriculture that: sustainably feed the more than 9 billion people that will be on the Earth by 2050, make fulfilling careers and pay well.

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STEM Food & Ag Council Annual Report

In 2014, the STEM Food & Ag Council worked to create a story that clearly captures the food and agriculture industry’s human capital needs and the enormous career opportunities that it offers anyone who wants to make a difference in the world. This annual report is the culmination of our work. It laid out our insights and direction, and offered a common path for creating a more robust food and ag human capital pipeline. We offer it with the fervent hope that it will be an important step toward leading the way to global food security in the decades ahead. Whether you are in agribusiness, an educator or perhaps a young person with an interest in STEM careers, this is your opportunity to be a part of something big. Join us and together let’s eliminate global hunger.

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