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Season’s Greetings from the entire team. This year marked’s 15-year anniversary, and we’re proud to be celebrating our success with all of you!

Throughout our 15 years, we’ve collected and shared helpful information for both employers and job seekers. In celebration of 15 years, has been conducting a poll each month of 2012. Results will be compiled and presented on the site in early 2013. We’ve awarded one lucky respondent with an iPad each quarter! There is still time for you to get in on our last poll of 2012! also created 15 year well wishes videos that you can view on our YouTube channel.

The website and resume database experienced enhancements in 2012 to make it more efficient and user-friendly. We are working on enhancing the job seeker experience in 2013 with exciting features- coming soon!

Early in 2012, we released the 2011 Agribusiness Job Outlook Report for both the U.S. and Canada which reviewed the agricultural job market in 2011 to enhance planning for 2012. We will soon begin analyzing the past year’s results to create the 2012 report. hosted an Effective Compensation Strategies workshop in February in Guelph, Ontario. More than 25 HR professionals attended the event, taking away valuable information on incentive and compensation plans. announced their collaboration with the National FFA Organization in June to offer valuable career tools and resources through the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN).

The international reach has expanded over the past year. In July, attended the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Conference in Shanghai, China. View our informational video about The China Factor.

In August, held our 10th Annual Ag & Food HR Roundtable at Tyson Foods’ headquarters. The event was attended by more than 160 professionals from different agricultural organizations, businesses, colleges and universities. In honor of our 10th Roundtable, donated $10 from each participant’s registration fee to hunger relief.

In September, we published our 6th annual Ag & Food Employer Guide in the U.S. and our 5th annual edition for Canada. Distribution of the guide keeps growing; the guide helps students and professional job seekers identify the top businesses in our industry and provide candidates with helpful career tips.

Our Compensation Benchmark Review and Agribusiness HR Review have continued to expand with the addition of more participating companies supplying valuable data. In December, we released the 2012-2013 Agribusiness HR Review for the U.S. and Canada, free for download. This report provides market knowledge, data and trends in agribusiness human resource practices for 2012-2013. also collaborated and conducted market research for organizations such as the National Pork Board andFacilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE).

We hosted a variety of educational events in addition to our annual Roundtable, including online webinars on diverse topics. The Collegiate Ambassador program began its ninth year employing nine collegiate ambassadors at colleges and universities across the United States and in Canada for the 2012-2013 school year. For the first time, ambassadors are employed at 2-year institutions as well. Including this year’s group, we’ve had 53 different students work for as Ambassadors – at 49 different schools! also attended numerous career fairs and trade show events where we built and strengthened relationships with job seekers, employers, students and collegiate representatives. TheUniversity Partners program has grown to ten universities showcasing opportunities for advancement in agricultural higher education.

Our social media presence has grown substantially throughout 2012 by sharing exciting content and promotions such as Career Tuesday, the Employer Guide QR Code connection, Send Your Resume to the President and more. We thank all of you that are following on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and YouTube. If you’re not already, please connect with us to stay up-to-date on the latest in job search strategies, opportunities and HR practices in the ag industry!

We’ve continued to build our strong following for this e-newsletter by featuring job opportunities and helpful articles every week. We also bring you the Skill and Trade e-newsletter on a monthly basis, focusing on job opportunities in that sector. Please share’s valuable tools with your family and friends. is grateful for the support of our employer clients, collegiate contacts, job seekers and industry friends! We look forward to serving you in 2013! As always, we welcome your feedback, comments and suggestions at any time of year: .


Happy Holidays from the entire Team!

Pictured: (Back row, left to right): Meaghan Holley, Lauren Vann, Tara Williamson, Beth Hales, Ashley Collins, Shannon Fawns, Bonnie Johnson. (Front row, left to right): Mandy Belaen, Charlotte Smith, Eric Spell, Erika Osmundson, Mary Barefoot. (Not pictured): Cynthia Cole, Kathryn Doan, Carolyn Lee.