As leaders continue to seek answers to the looming need to feed a growing population, a recent report spotlights a need for innovation in the Indiana agbiosciences sector. AgriNovus Indiana Chief Executive Officer Beth Bechdol says agriculture and biosciences innovation accounts for 75,000 Hoosier jobs and is continuing to expand by more than 20 percent over the last decade. She says that growth "far outpaces" the average of other sectors in the state. Bechdol says the report also shows opportunities for significant growth in what she calls "allied fields," which are often tech-enabled. Bechdol was joined last week on Inside INdiana Business Television by National FFA Chief Executive Officer Mark Poeschl, who says employers in the industry are "critically in need" of finding qualified talent to fill openings.
Bechdol says overall, Indiana fares well against its peers in the more traditional jobs within the sector, but it will be important in the coming years to build a "talent lifecycle" of K-12 students and college students in connected fields. She also says those already in agbiosciences careers must continue to have outlets to build their skills and be connected with mentoring and additional learning opportunities to keep the industry at the top of its game.
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