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CGI highlights benefits of working in agriculture

Amid a growing labor shortage in the U.S., Columbia Grain International reminds us of the impact of agricultural careers.

Photo courtesy of CGI
Photo courtesy of CGI

Agriculture contributes $7 trillion to the U.S. economy and accounts for 40 million jobs or 29% of jobs in the U.S., according to a 2022 report created by 30 food and agricultural organizations, “Feeding the Economy.”

Columbia Grain International (CGI) employs agricultural employees across the northern tier of the U.S. and recently released a new film that shines the spotlight on some of the people that are responsible for nourishing the world, safely: their employees.

“Agriculture is one of the most noble and rewarding professions,” said the CEO and President of CGI Jeff Van Pevenage. “This film shows the grit, excitement, and fast-paced nature of working with the earth to bring healthy, nutritious foods to people around the world. Our remarkable people cultivate growth for our producers, our supply chain management, and for their own self-enhancement. At CGI we are cultivating careers. This film is meant to remind candidates, whether just out of college or decades into their agricultural career, of the importance of our work.”

With opportunities across the northern tier of the U.S., CGI offers careers at grain elevators, pulse processing plants, agronomy centers, in logistical operations, and HR, to name a few. They offer excellent mentorships for those starting their agriculture careers to full employment packages for executive management positions. They also offer relocation packages to ensure a smooth transition and orientation.

“This film does a great job of depicting what it’s like to work at Columbia Grain,” said Tracie Hall, CGI’s HR director. “We offer a strong culture that fosters teamwork, community, acknowledgement, and advancement. Our employees love what they do and that keeps them inspired, building a sense of company loyalty as well as passion and purpose. They know they are making a difference in the world.”

Agricultural workers are on the frontlines of nourishing the world. No one is more deserving of recognition and advancement than the people who secure our food chain.

Learn more about CGI Careers, here.

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