Ag Labor Changes
We were in Mexico, beautiful agriculture. Guess who was working the fields? It was Guatemalans. Last year I went to Guatemala. Who's working the fields? Colombians. Every country I've been in lately. When you ask where the labor comes from. It comes from someplace else. They're not getting any younger either.
This is also evident in key support industries for agriculture, such as research and development. As Ohio State University vice president for agriculture Kathy Ann Cress points out, this is due in part to a lack of understanding. The public in general, less aware of the ag production process as well as the diversity of career fields available in ag.
We're fighting against a tremendous number of stereotypes in what they think a career in food and agriculture looks like. Not very many of them understand how high tech our field is, not many understand how dynamic it is and we are also at a time when there is a lifestyle choice among a certain demographic of Millennials that have the perception that if they choose a green lifestyle, it means they cannot choose a lifestyle that supports agriculture.