Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council event for producers, business, government and students, 5 pm, 4/8, Sheraton Hotel; and 8 am, 4/9, Alliant Energy Center. $150. RSVP: wiagrifuturesummit.eventbrite.com
The Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council will host the first AgriFuture Summit on April 8 & 9 in Madison. The Summit will bring together representatives from production agriculture, business and industry, education, government, economic development and student leaders from the secondary, technical colleges and universities to answer three basic questions:
1. What is the future of agriculture (defined as farm to fork)?
2. What are the challenges and opportunities in getting to that future?
3. What do we need to do to make sure we have the best possible workforce in place to meet those challenges and opportunities?
The Summit will utilize leadership panels from industry and education to gain insights to these questions. Summit attendees will then participate in discussion groups to further develop answers to each of the questions. Each group will then prioritize the answers and report back to the entire group at the end of day on April 9. That information will be used, in part, to develop future priorities for the Council in their efforts to ensure that Wisconsin can attract, develop and retain the workforce required to meet the needs of Wisconsin's production agriculture, industry, food and natural resource sectors.