YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
Technicians needed to produce our nation’s heavy equipment
By Gary Joiner
There’s a significant labor shortage on America’s farms and ranches.
Workers are needed to help produce our nation’s food, fiber and fuel.
There’s also a shortage of technicians to work on the heavy equipment that powers modern agriculture.
An AED Foundation industry report says manufacturers may need to fill as many as 73,500 heavy equipment technician positions by 2025.
The report adds equipment manufacturing possesses a job opening rate three times higher than the national average.
Workforce development will be critical to address the problem.
Manufacturers can focus on retention by improving workplace culture.
They will need to fill the talent pipeline by spotlighting demand for skilled workers and the opportunity for worthwhile careers.
The report says manufacturers should diversify and optimize recruitment strategies, and also collaborate with others.
Texas farmers and ranchers depend on heavy equipment to get the job done.
Technicians are needed to make sure that equipment is available.
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