Increased dependence on technology and further removal from
agricultural practices has given rise to a decrease in agricultural
literacy among members of society, which has established a need for
advancement in educating individuals about the basic concepts of
agriculture. This study was designed to determine the knowledge of
agriculture possessed by incoming freshmen at West Virginia
University (WVU). The data collected for this study were obtained
from 403 freshmen participants who reported their responses to 35
Agricultural Knowledge, 35 Agricultural Perceptions, and 24
demographic statements and questions on an instrument administered
during multiple First Year Orientation courses at WVU. It was
revealed that all students lacked a good understanding of
agriculture, but students with an agricultural background and who
were enrolled in a major in the Davis College of Agriculture,
Forestry, and Consumer Sciences were more knowledgeable about and
possessed more positive perceptions of agriculture than their
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