Some students in the Sunshine State are working toward having careers that could involve using agricultural equipment.
According to a recent report from Florida's Highalnds Today newspaper, students in a school district in Highlands County are taking classes that involve agriculture. The paper said that 26 percent of the district's kids will take a course related to farming during the 2009-2010 school year.
"Agriculture will always be here, it always has been and so it's really a field you can depend on that it will always be there and there's always a need for people in the field of agriculture," Tia Goss, a junior at Sebring High School, told the paper.
Goss said her goal is to get a degree in agriculture education and animal science. Her ultimate career path may lead her to teaching similar courses to the ones she's taking right now.
Though some students may get their agriculture education in the classroom, others do so by being part of groups such as FFA. As of 2008, more than 500,000 students were members of FFA, which has been around since 1928.