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ALM to Host Forum on Putting Michiganders Back to Work
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Michigan’s agricultural businesses are hiring, but finding people with the right skills and training to fill the sector’s needs is a challenge, according to Agricultural Leaders of Michigan, which is hosting a forum to discuss these issues on Wednesday at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.


Source: Agricultural Leaders of Michigan

Contact: Angel Jenio at 517-333-1606

ALM to Host Forum on Putting Michiganders Back to Work


Michigan’s agricultural businesses are hiring, but finding people with the right skills and training to fill the sector’s needs is a challenge, according to Agricultural Leaders of Michigan, which is hosting a forum to discuss these issues on Wednesday at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing.

“Globally and nationally, demand for food is expanding at a staggering pace,” said Dave Armstrong, president and CEO of Greenstone Farm Credit Services. “If Michigan agriculture is going to keep up with demand, we need the people and skills that will allow the industry to grow. We need to get the message out that there are good-paying jobs in an industry that is on the rise, and we need to find ways to get young people interested in agriculture.”

Some of the areas in agriculture where Michigan businesses have the most trouble finding people include crop and soil sciences, agri-business management, agricultural logistics and transportation, and animal husbandry. Michigan agriculture today is satellite driven, and high-tech jobs like site-specific fertilizer application, soil sampling and process controls in grain elevators are also in high demand.

Speakers at Wednesday’s forum include:

  • Jamie Clover Adams, Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • State Representative Joel Johnson
  • Dr. Doug Buhler, Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University
  • Dr. Elizabeth Simmons, Dean of Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University A full schedule and lineup of speakers is attached.

WHAT: Growing the Agriculture Workforce of the Future

WHEN: Wednesday, August 15 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: Radisson Hotel, 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48933

MORE INFO: www.agleadersmi.com/events