Moses Lake, US: In last five years, introduction of GIS in farming has changed even the way tractors are being driven, according to Chris Voigt, Executive Director, Washington State Potato Commission. Hence, potato farmers are struggling to find workers with the right technological skills. To address the problem, the Commission is forming a committee to help ensure a well-trained work force.
He first thought about small group of people would be the right number to complete the committee. But since he sent out an email asking for participants, the response “has been incredible,” he said. He received responses from agriculture suppliers, irrigation companies, growers, retired professors, equipment dealers and researchers from Washington and Idaho.
Now it appears there could be about 20 people involved with committees and subcommittees. Other demand areas include workers trained in agronomy. There are many jobs that could apply to a lot of people, but they don’t think about agriculture, he said.