BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Attracting a qualified, skilled and diverse workforce is a priority for Illinois agriculture, but one that comes with many challenges.
The Illinois Agri-Food Alliance (ILAFA) is surveying businesses and organizations across the state to better understand the limitations and opportunities that exist for workforce development spanning the food and agriculture system.
The ILAFA workforce survey aims to collect responses from businesses, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, as well as educators, to generate critical insight into key needs and strategies for elevating awareness of employment opportunities across Illinois’ food and agriculture industry.
Information will also be used to assess the need for a dedicated agri-food careers website, along with additional resources, which can be utilized to promote job opportunities and educational pathways in the state.
“Illinois is a world-class destination for all types of agri-food businesses and organizations,” said Tyler Strom, managing director of the Illinois Agri-Food Alliance. “Taking a collaborative approach to assess and act on critical workforce needs now will ensure we have a skilled and diverse workforce pipeline for the future.”
Illinois Farm Bureau is an active member of the Illinois Agri-Food Alliance and supports improvements to the rural way of life, such as efforts to bolster the state’s food and agriculture workforce.
“Many of our farmer members rely on additional employees to help their family businesses succeed. Ensuring that these farm families have the help they need to supply food, fuel and fiber is critical,” said Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert Jr.
“We have to continue working together to showcase the opportunities that exist within our industry if we hope to attract bright, young talent that will push the future of Illinois agriculture forward,” said Guebert.
–Illinois Farm Bureau
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