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  Dean Dittmar  7/26/2021 8:00:00 AM  

Dear K-12 Educators & School Leaders:     (sent to all contacts and administrators)

Workforce development continues to be a top issue for food and agriculture businesses and organizations across Illinois, particularly when it comes to attracting a diverse array of students and prospective workers who are unaware about the multitude of jobs and long-term career opportunities that exist across our state’s #1 industry. 

An industry-led collaborative of agri-food workforce advocates are brainstorming ideas to elevate communication about food and agriculture as a viable and highly valued employment sector and increase opportunities for student exposure. A top consideration is the need to develop greater connectivity with K-12 schools via an Illinois Agri-Food Careers website, career resource toolkits, and business-to-school partnership opportunities. They want input from your school via a short survey to further their efforts. 

The collaborative team of Illinois Agri-Food Alliance is surveying schools across the state with and without food and agriculture-related educational programming to actively develop well-informed and useful resources that can be widely accessed and utilized to promote food & agriculture careers, educational pathways, and job opportunities. 

Take the Survey Now!

Download a PDF copy of the Survey here.

The Survey will remain open until August 13, 2021. Thank you for your effort in responding to this important opportunity. If there is a more appropriate representative within your school, please forward along this email. Responses will contribute to immediate action by informing strategy development that directly responds to elevating career awareness among the next generation workforce.

Illinois Agri-Food Alliance
Archer Daniels Midland; Brandt Industries; Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences; CME Group, Inc., CNH Industrial; Compeer Financial; COUNTRY Financial; Cultivian Sandbox; Decatur Public Schools Foundation; Ernst & Young; Facilitating Coordination in Agriculture Education (FCAE); Food:Land:Opportunity, GROWMARK; Fresh Taste, Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation; Illinois AgTech Accelerator; Illinois Soybean Association; Illinois Farm Bureau; Open Prairie Ventures; OSI Group; The Development Consortium; University of Illinois

The Illinois Agri-Food Alliance (ILAFA) is a collaborative network organization dedicated to building an integrated, innovative, and transformative agri-food system in Illinois. As a neutral, third-party catalyst, ILAFA convenes cross-sector partners to connect talent, share insight, align strategic priorities, spark innovation, improve coordination, accelerate growth, increase visibility, and build trust. It views these ingredients as essential to driving forward-thinking solutions that meet the most pressing economic, environmental, and societal challenges of today and tomorrow.
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