Strong Interest in Agricultural Careers Says AgCareers

Chuck Zimmerman

A recent survey conducted for Land O’Lakes suggests that there is very low interest in college grads to pursue a career in agriculture. However, sees a very different trend. AgCareers has a 33% increase in the number of visits to their website in the last year. I just spoke with Eric Spell, President. He says that enrollment at …

AgCareers, Audio, Education, University

Growth Energy Supports Next Gen #Ag Teachers

Joanna Schroeder

Growth Energy has made a commitment to support the next generation of agriculture teachers through $90,000 in scholarships over the next three years for students during their student teaching assignments. The funds were donated to the National Association of Agricultural Education who will give the “Upper Division” awards to students majoring in ag education. “Student teaching can be a financial …

AgCareers, Agriculture Education, FFA

#FeedNThrive Launched During #FoodPrize15

Joanna Schroeder

STEM was a hot topic during the World Food Prize in Des Moines with the kick-off session focused on how to encourage young women to go into STEM careers including science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM Food and Ag Council (SFAC) has launched Feed, Nourish, Thrive, a STEMconnector initiative that aims to inspire the next generation of innovators in …

AgCareers, Education, Video, Women, World Food Prize

AgCareers’ Roundtable to Focus On Human Capital

Kelly Marshall

Erika Osmundson, Director of Marketing Communication for, recently spoke with AgWired’s Jamie Johansen about an upcoming event- the Ag and Food HR Roundtable.  Now in it’s 13th year, the Roundtable is set to take place in St. Louis, MO on Aug 4-6.  The event will address the issue of human resources in the ag industry. With an expected turn-out of …

AgCareers, Agribusiness, Events

Lots of Jobs in Ag for New Grads

John Davis

May is graduation month, and a new survey shows that agriculture is a great place for those new college graduates. This article from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the information from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Purdue University shows there are nearly 60,000 high-skilled agriculture job openings expected each year in the U.S., there …

AgCareers, Agribusiness, University, USDA

GROWMARK Highlights Intern Program at NAMA

Cindy Zimmerman

GROWMARK has one of the oldest and most successful internship programs in the agriculture business so they were a popular stop for student NAMA attendees during the Connection Point trade show at the Agri-Marketing Conference last week in Kansas City. “We’re going on our 56th year with the internship program,” said GROWMARK University Relations Manager Allison Stephey. “We have a …

AgCareers, Audio, GROWMARK, Internship, NAMA

Registration for 2015 HR Roundtable

Jamie Johansen

The 13th Annual North American Ag & Food HR Roundtable will take place in St. Louis, MO this year on August 4-6. The event includes educational sessions on current recruitment and retention topics in the agricultural industry. The premier event provides relevant content and rewarding networking experiences for all. The 2015 Roundtable will cover: – It is All About …

Ag Group, AgCareers, Events

Bob Treadway Reports on Factors Affecting Recruitment

Joanna Schroeder

Bob Treadway with Treadway & Associates is a forecaster, strategy consultant and a “futurist”. He was brought to the 2014 HR & Food Roundtable to discuss some of the forecasted needs the agriculture industry is going to have in the next 5-15 years.  He said that many clients are not very good at looking at the environment in which …

AgCareers, Audio, Employment

The Voice of Students: How to Hire Us

Joanna Schroeder

With a great need for talent in the agriculture industry, the human resources industry is looking to students at two and four-year college campuses. But what is the best way to reach them? This question was explored during the panel: “The Voice of Students- Effective Student Recruitment,” during the 2014 HR & Food Roundtable. The panel was moderated by …

AgCareers, Audio, Employment

Ann Bares: What Really Matters with Reward & Retention

Joanna Schroeder

Have you ever wondered if throwing money at your employees as rewards and retention strategies are really working? Well wonder no more – they don’t. The attendees of the annual 2014 HR & Food Roundtable learned what some better strategies were for reward and retention from Ann Bares with Altura Consulting Group. Here presentation focused on Reward and Retention: …

AgCareers, Audio, Employment