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Agrimarketing : March 2009
? TEAR OUT AND SAVE! 18 AgriMarketing s March 2009 Dear agri-marketer, While the economy struggles and job layoffs seemto be around every corner, the agriculture industry provides job seekerswith an opportunity for hope. AgCareers.comrecently conducted an analysis of job opportunities from2007, 2008, and an early glance at 2009, to seewhat the job outlook truly looks like within agribusiness. It’s good news—job opportunities have been there in the past, are there now, and continue to grow. The number of jobs posted in Janu- ary 2009was higher than in January 2007 and January 2008. “The agriculture industry is currently a growing industry and therefore has amultitude of job opportunities—traditional and non-traditional,” says Eric Spell, President of AgCareers.com. “We are fortunate towork in an industry that feeds theworld andwill continue to provide opportunities because there will always be the need for its services.Nowis a great time to promote and encourage others to explore jobs in agribusiness.” The adjacent pull out, is a complimentary copy of the complete 2008 Agribusiness Job Report. Eric Spell This report is a compilation of statistical information fromthewww.AgCareers.comWeb site and client feedback fromthe previous two years.AgCareers.comis the leading online job board and human resource service provider for agriculture, food, natural resources and biotechnology. Over the past ten years,AgCareers.comhas developed the career site to feature a variety of agriculture indus- try sectors aswell as career types, thus the appeal to a broad audience of job seekers.AgCareers.com has also been dedicated to building lasting relationshipswith clients and sincerely becoming a human resource service provider. It is this dedication and commitment that allowsAgCareers.comto provide this information as a representation for the industry as awhole. Agriculture job opportunities have been plaguedwith a negative stereotype but nowmore than ever, the industry can get excited and sharewith friends and family the fact thatmany job opportuni- ties exist and are a great option for a career. “Agriculture is not the industry it is perceived to be nor is it the industry that our grandfathers and fathers toiled in,” said Jeff Flora, CEO of SouthWestern Association. “Agriculture is all about technology, growth, energy production in addition to food production.We need the “best and bright- est” in agriculture tomatch the needs of theworld and the opportunities agriculture can bring to the world.” This report covers items such as, total jobs posted and job views;which industry and career sec- tors aremost common; predominant geographic areas; and recruitment and human resources best practices.An industry area thatwe are seeing a shift in opportunity in is the equipment industry sec- tor. Flora suggests that is due tomergers and consolidations aswell as retirement. “One of the largest contributors to increased job opportunitywithin the equipment field, and agriculture as awhole, is technology,” said Flora. “Innovation and improvements in technology are growing at a rapid pace in agriculture—there aremany opportunities for great positions in our equipment dealers’ businesses as a result.” The 2008 Agribusiness Job Reportwill be shared across the nation and specifically to university and colleges to help reach young people considering their career options.As the report points out, geo- graphically job opportunities aremost available in theMidwest, but can be found across the United States.AgCareers.comworkswith employers in nearly all 50 states.Also noted in the report, is that job opportunities are available at all experience levels. “We hope that youwill use this report and the findings to help promote the agriculture industry as a great place toworkwithmany opportunities,” said Spell. “Agriculture is a great place to be for experienced professionals aswell as someone just beginning their first job. It is a thriving industry with plenty of opportunities.” For further information, questions or to request additional copies or an electronic copy, please e-mail AgCareers.com at firstname.lastname@example.org.