LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences along with Doña Ana Community College have formed a partnership to prepare the next-generation workforce to use innovative smart farming skills including cutting-edge technology and big data analytics to improve food security and improve agricultural industries.

Led by Young Ho Park, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, Training of Next Generation Workforce for Smart Food Science and Agricultural Technology in the Digital Era (WorkFoS-Ag) has been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for $500,000.

“The world will need 70% more food to feed a global population of nearly 10 billion in 2050. So, innovation in today’s agriculture is more important than ever before. And agricultural innovation requires diverse expertise from many disciplines including mechanical, civil, electrical engineering, computer and information technology and food science,” said Park.