According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an average of 60,000 high-skilled agricultural job openings are expected annually in the United States over the next five years with only about 35,000 graduates to fill them. In the year 2050 more than 9 billion people will need something to eat every day compared to the 7 billion we have today. There is a strong need for agricultural candidates across the entire country and AgHires is helping fill the need.
AgHires founder Lori Culler has seen the problems first hand in her family farm operation growing about 9,000 acres of potatoes, tomatoes and corn. Not enough candidates to fill job current openings and not enough resources to find the ones that exist. In turn, this is why she created AgHires.
Lori says, “We have to promote today’s agriculture. It’s a lot different from the stereotypical driving a tractor, planting seeds and herding cows. Now, there’s lot of high-tech gadgets and farms and agribusinesses need people that know how to use them. Having so many jobs available in agriculture makes the talent business in ag very competitive and farms are having a tough time filling their openings. We help our clients find the talent by using innovative techniques and work hard to promote the industry, its culture, and showcase what each of our clients has to offer in today’s Ag job market.”
Agriculture candidates are in high demand and will continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future. The average starting salary for an agriculture graduate is about $50,000 and 25% of the workforce is 55 and older which means new opportunities will exist for years to come as baby boomers begin to retire.