The man who had the honor of handing out the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) 2013 Student Competition awards is a great advocate of agricultural careers – AgCareers.com president Eric Spell.
“We’ve been four out of the last five years to the event,” Eric told me. “One of the hot words that we hear with employers is ‘supply chain’ in agriculture and food industries and this talent pool represents that.”
Eric says the students who take part in the IFAMA world forum and competition are the people who are gaining the skills it will take for the future of agribusiness. “Many of them are Masters or higher levels students who understand ag economics who want to work in the global food chain,” he said, noting they are also very mobile and multi-lingual. AgCareers sponsored a Career Expo and Career Services Center at the IFAMA World Forum in Atlanta last week.
The whole goal of AgCareers.com is to bring this type of talent and agribusiness employers together, and also to make sure that these students have the skills needed for the future of the industry, which is what the upcoming AgCareers 11th Ag & Food HR Roundtable is all about. “We’re going on the campus of DuPont Pioneer in Johnston (Iowa) the first week of August and we have 150 registered attendees and we only have 50 more slots,” Eric said. “And that’s a good thing.”
Attending the HR Roundtable will be agribusiness human resource professionals, executives and managers, university and college faculty & career services staff, and association representatives. For registration and further information, click here and follow the links.AgCareers.com president Eric Spell at IFAMA World Forum