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Forging Relationships Between Military Professionals and Agricultural Employers
By Kristine Penning,

Since adopting the Ag Warriors program in 2012, has passionately advocated for the recruitment of military veterans and professionals into agricultural careers. We have done so in the past five years by holding webinars, workshops, and now a virtual career fair taking place on November 9. The value a military professional or veteran brings to the agricultural workplace cannot be overstated. Yet we continue to hear of the difficulties agricultural employers and military veterans and professionals experience while trying to form relationships. After analyzing common perceived difficulties, we’d like to offer solutions to employers and military candidates alike to overcome any barriers to making this valuable relationship work.

Industry Knowledge

Industry knowledge is a commonly noted obstacle. In a 2016 study conducted by, participating agricultural employers noted that the most common challenge in recruiting military veterans was the candidates’ lack of agricultural knowledge. Approximately half of participating military professionals and veterans agreed that they felt they could improve upon industry knowledge and experience.

While military professionals and veterans may not always enter the agricultural industry with the desired experience and industry knowledge, it’s important for both employers and candidates to draw valued traits and skills from candidates’ military experience.

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