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When farms go high tech they won’t need as many employees — but the ones they have will need specialized skills.

Workers and tech needed to plug labour gap

But as the sector becomes more technology driven, there’s a serious skills mismatch

Back-to-back announcements on agriculture work issues spell out the challenge that farmers will increasingly face in grappling with long-standing worker shortages and adopting new technology into their operations. First was a report July 22 from the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council (CAHRC) that said “nearly all farm employers share similar challenges when it comes to

Farm human resources crunch to worsen

Grain, beef and horticulture production will be the hardest hit

There are no signs that Canadian agriculture’s labour crunch will be easing any time soon. In fact a recent labour market forecast from the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council (CAHRC) suggests the situation is set to worsen sharply over the next 10 years. That will limit future growth and delay expansion plans, the group says.


“Employee turnover is a costly issue for farms across Canada. Once you’ve hired motivated, committed, and qualified people, it is key to retain these workers.”

What are the hidden costs of losing a farm worker?

The Canadian Agriculture Human Resource Council offers tools 
to calculate this impact

Losing a skilled and motivated worker is tough for any farm or business but few operations understand the cost or impact on the bottom line, says the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council. It’s offering farmers two tools to calculate the financial impact of replacing a worker, which it says can be as much as 150

About 30 per cent of farm workers are women, but not many are regarded as decision makers.

Women lag in agriculture leadership roles

Of 65 national and provincial associations, only eight have a woman as their board chairperson or president

While many women work in the agri-food sector, few reach decision-making positions, says a report by the Canadian Agriculture Human Resources Council (CAHRC). The number of women working in the sector is unknown, the council says. At the farm level, about 30 per cent of workers are women but not many are regarded as decision