Solving the Agriculture Labor Shortage
The Covid-19 Pandemic has created a shift in the labor market that has never been seen in the history of the United States and across the globe. We have seen record lows in the number of unemployed people, which has created a demand on businesses to increase their efforts for hiring and retaining talent. Additionally, we have seen labor shortages across the country making businesses rethink how they do business including adoption of additional technology, changed business hours, and increased operating costs. The agriculture sector has not been immune to these challenges and in certain cases have seen an exaggerated impact due to the difficulty and danger of the work performed. This project will begin by taking a recent historical look of the agricultural labor market, investigate the labor shortage, and discuss solutions to the labor shortages.
Ethan Dado is a fourth year agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) educator and FFA advisor in Mankato, MN. Dado’s first year of teaching was also the recreation of the Mankato AFNR and FFA programming. Since the program’s inception, Dado has led the program from 40 to over 350 students and the program has been recognized at the local and state level. Dado has been selected as the Minnesota Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators, “Teacher of the Year” as well as the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators, “Teacher Turn the Key” recipient. Outside of teaching, Dado enjoys traveling, hiking, volleyball, and spending time with his family and friends.
Participant Location: Mankato, Minnesota