The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has a website, Michigan Food and Agriculture: Strategic Employment Planning, to help connect people with jobs in the food and agriculture industry. This hub is a great start to building a better Food and Agriculture industry in Michigan.
The Michigan Food and Agriculture: Strategic Employment Planning website is a one-stop-shop for resources that employers, employees, and educators can use to highlight the many avenues within food and agriculture.
- Job seekers can utilize this resource to learn about the different sectors and tools to help grow their career in Michigan's expanding food and agriculture industry. This includes the opportunity to learn more about career pathways, that might align with their goals, and help connect interested individuals to potential employers within the agricultural sector.
- Agricultural employers will be able to customize a strategy to seek and recruit workers. Additionally, this resource allows employers to build branding, utilize competitive data, and recruit talent. This resource also includes an ‘Employer Hiring Needs’ form for employers to assist with data collection for solutions to be created within standard metrics. Using data as a portion of how solutions are designed allows for a better environment for employers and employees.
- Educators can expand their knowledge and interest in Michigan's food and agriculture industry. Educators can find curriculum resources for educators of all levels, elementary, middle, high school, and post-high school, providing meaningful materials to integrate into a food and agriculture science curriculum.