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Ohio agriculture groups launch workforce development initiative

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Several food and farming companies have launched a workforce development initiative designed to help propel people into Ohio’s agriculture industry.

The initiative, Future Grows Here, seeks to connect potential workers with career opportunities in the field and working with technical programs and career centers to spread information about potential options.

“By 2050, more than 9 billion people will need 70 [percent] more food, which will need to be produced using fewer resources,” Bryan Humphreys, the Ohio Pork Council executive vice president, said in a statement published by Ohio’s Country Journal. The Ohio Pork Council is one of the initiative’s backers.

“As a top producer of many agricultural goods, like pork, eggs, soybeans and wheat, Ohio is a major contributor to the foods that are exported to families all over the world,” Humphreys said. “That is why it’s essential that our food production and farming companies have a steady, skilled workforce to ensure long-term stability of the industry and economy.”

Some of the career paths that are in high demand in the industry are technology and computers, logistics, construction, electricians, plumbing, mechanics and others, according to the initiative’s website. Some fields require four-year degrees, but others do not.

The website states that food production and agriculture account for 11 percent of employment in the U.S., which consists of 21.6 million full- or part-time jobs. About half of agriculture businesses think that the industry’s workforce will increase in the next two years.

The website also provides case studies about people who have entered into the agriculture industry.