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Indiana 4-H participates in regional study focused on developing a 21st-century agriculture workforce

Indiana 4-H is seeking input from food, agriculture, forestry and related employers about current workforce needs including job recruitment practices, retention and training needs.

“Agriculture is the historical foundation of 4-H programming. We look forward to hearing from Indiana’s agriculture industry employers so we can find ways to empower the next generation and help build a diverse and prepared 21st-century agricultural workforce,” said Casey Mull, Purdue Extension assistant director and program leader for Indiana 4-H Youth Development.

Agriculture industry-related employers with two or more employees are encouraged to take the online survey by April 15 by visiting For questions about the study, contact Mull at or Jamie Morris at

The survey is a component of the multiyear Youth Innovators Empowering Agriculture Across America grant out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grant will allow 4-H programs in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio and Wisconsin to develop future educational programming and pathways to agriculture careers. Additional projects within the grant include the creation of a diverse youth council to learn what teens know and have access to regarding agriculture career opportunities, and a study of current and innovative agriculture programs available to youth in the region.

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