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Farmer says ag job opportunity awareness is key to solving labor issue

An Illinois farmer says promoting the diversity of careers in agriculture is key to solving the labor shortage.

Jon Rosenstiel of Pearl City serves as Chairman of the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

“It is such a wide open field all the way from accounting to agronomy. There are computers involved with precision farming. If a student is inclined to be more of a hands-on person, we have really good success with diesel mechanic programs.”

He tells Brownfield they have invested checkoff funds in a pilot project where two community colleges are offering introductory ag classes to undeclared students to present agriculture as a viable career.

“Trying to introduce those students who are trying to find their way to let them know that agriculture has this to offer to them that we need them. We need good, qualified young people in agriculture.”

He says by underwriting the tuition for that class at Highland Community College and Illinois Central College, IL Corn is investing in the future ag workforce.

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