We expect modern farmers to be “green” engineers, bio-power specialists and local food marketers, among many other things. And that being the case, farmers need skills training, just like other professionals. The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council came to Guelph last week for a regional meeting and heard some local opinions about the kind of skills required in farming, especially as knowledge rapidly advances and the entire country looks to farming and food processing to lead it out of the economic doldrums. The council also heard about the critical labour shortage in agriculture. I cover its visit in my Urban Cowboy column today in the Guelph Mercury.
The photo below is from the council’s website.