The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets announced today that it has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather input from stakeholders to help the department develop the state's first agricultural workforce development program. The department is also trying to identify potentially qualified applicants. Funding for this program was allocated in this year's New York state budget and is based on Governor Kathy Hochul's goal to strengthen New York's food supply chain through attracting and retaining a skilled agricultural workforce.
State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said.Governor Hochul is committed to building a strong agricultural pipeline and ensuring that young people in agriculture are connected to New York businesses. I encourage qualified organizations with a focus on talent development to respond to this request. The input will be invaluable as we work to develop programs that provide clear pathways for people interested in a career in agriculture and connect them to quality jobs across the industry. Probably. ”
New York's agriculture and food industry must continue to attract and retain future generations of skilled workers who are ready for careers in a rapidly evolving industry with emerging technologies and ever-changing consumer demands. The Ministry will work closely with stakeholders in the agriculture and food sectors to identify clear pathways for job seekers and create programs that connect them to quality employment opportunities in the agriculture sector, ultimately I am interested in contributing to the strengthening and growth of the state's food supply system.
Information gathered from the RFI informs potential requests for proposals (RFPs) for agricultural workforce development programs. The program identifies internships and practicums across industries and works with educational institutions such as the SUNY system to ensure students are taught the necessary skills and standards sought by the industry. The program will also work with workforce development agencies to focus on directly matching and placing new workforces, including immigrants and asylum seekers, with industry opportunities.
The RFI and additional information can be found on the Department's website at https://agriculture.ny.gov/request-information-new-york-state-Department-agriculture-and-markets-agriculture-workforce. Respondents to the RFI may respond in one or more of the following areas: 1. Experience. 2. Qualifications 3. Proposed project scope and services. 4. Other considerations.
Statements of interest are accepted by email to Antonia Giuliano, Senior Policy Advisor, Food and Dairy. [email protected].
Responses are due by November 1, 2023, and RFI questions must be emailed by October 4, 2023.