The longstanding tradition of farming in Ireland continues to contribute a major source of economic activity for the country and is still the focus of rural Ireland. The farming tradition is steadfast, but the farming methods are changing and adapting to meet the needs of the modern technological age and labour market requirements.
Smart technology has taken urban centres by storm and it is now encroaching on rural Ireland with the rapid advancements of digital and biotechnologies leading to smart farming technologies. No longer a vision of the future, smart farms are now in operation in Ireland and farming education programmes are advancing to support this leap in farming practice.
A recent report Education Vision Report (2018) conducted by Teagasc outlines how farming education has responded to the changes to farming practice already in place and expected in the future.
Investment in education will lead to more clearly defined roles in farming and prepare farmers for the rapid changes coming down the line.
21st century farming will require more advanced skillsets to enable farmers to meet fundamental changes occurring at many levels. Key areas include entrepreneurship, transversal (personal), sustainable farming and digital technology skillsets.
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Click here to read Meeting the Educational Needs of 21st Century Farming and learn more about the changes to farming education and practice.
The CareersPortal Team