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CONSUMERS

The world's ever-increasing population continue to make greater demands for healthy food for their bodies, improved feed for their livestock, better fiber for the clothes they wear, and cleaner fuel for the vehicles they drive. But few people are aware of the vital role that the seed industry plays in helping to meet these growing needs. And fewer people are choosing careers in agriculture, at a time when the field is bursting with new opportunities.

Recent advancements in seed innovation, using state-of-the-art plant breeding technologies, have helped to meet the growing global demand for products that provide the Four F's"-food, feed, fiber, and fuel. For example, between 1992 and 2002, U.S. crop output value increased by 26%, while the land used for crop production actually decreased slightly. Seed innovations continue to improve the quality, safety, diversity, and health benefits of the food we eat; enhance the ability to produce energy and chemicals from renewable resources; and reduce agriculture's impact on the environment.

The seed industry is a large and thriving field, with sales of $11.2 billion in 2007. And the ongoing need for better seeds to produce more food, feed, fuel, and fiber requires a growing workforce of highly trained individuals to fill a variety of interesting jobs.

For more information, check out some of these Web sites Related to Agriculture and the Seed Industry.

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