MARTIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) The 6th annual Northeast Regional Agriculture Expo was held in Martin County Wednesday, an initiative geared towards encouraging high school students to learn about and get involved in the agriculture industry.
Public, private and regional schools partnered to teach about the future of agriculture, connect students to the schools, and provide networking and recruitment opportunities.
NC Farm Bureau District Field Representative Mac Hodges was in charge of the event and stressed the urgency of young people getting into the industry. He said urban sprawl has urban areas growing and expanding into farming land, so they need more people to keep the industry alive. "There's more demand for agriculture now, for more folks to help feed the world, more than ever," he said.
Many students also shared how they learned that food production needs to triple by 2050 in order to feed everyone. One student said this urgency is why he is interested in farming in the future.
Hodges said 80 exhibitors were present and roughly 1,100 high school students attended the expo.