For years, many young people shied away from careers in agriculture. But with higher grain and livestock prices and increased revenues coming into agriculture, companies have been expanding and hiring more workers.
Two years ago, the International Agri-Center, home of World Ag Expo, launched a new program aimed at helping return military veterans take advntage of this new demand for workers. Called the Ag Warriors program, the efforts helped connect returning soliders, sailors, marines, airmen and Coast Guard members with employees who needed experienced workers.
Last fall, the International Agri-Center board of directors decided it had taken the program as far as it possibly could. "We realized we were the experts in putting on farm shows, but not in human resources," said Jerry Sinift, CEO of the IAC and World Ag Expo.
So at this year's Expo, Sinift turned the Ag Warriors program over to Eric Spell, president and CEO of AgCareers. com, an online employment agency and a longtime exhibitor at World Ag Expo
Spell talked about the increased demand for workers in agriculture and how returning veterans can help meet it during a press briefing following the opening day ceremonies of the 2014 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.