Ag industry hopes to grow high-tech workers

Capital News Service
LANSING– Michigan agriculture is struggling to find qualified workers to fill positions at all levels, and one challenge is informing potential employees that modern agriculture is a high-tech industry in need of people with the right skills, according to the Michigan Agri-Business Association. At an egg factory, a robot counts how many eggs each chicken has laid. A computer detects the purity of each egg, and checks for cracks. In a feed mill, a computer ensures that trucks arrive in order to load proper amount of mixed feeds for delivery to farms across the state. At a dairy farm, a computer calculates how much milk cows can produce each day by recognizing unique IDs on their tags.