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OPERATIONS
Next generation
leadership
Dairy industry looks for long-term solutions to workforce challenges.
by Allison Gibeson | dairyprocessing@sosland.com
ith 3.3 million jobs and $42 billion in direct wages,
the dairy industry requires a robust workforce to
maintain operations. Yet current labor challenges
have resulted in many dairy processors experiencing a
decline of 10% or more in their workforce with about two
job openings for every one person seeking employment,
according to International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA)
president and chief executive officer Michael Dykes.
W
Overall, the IDFA estimates there are a million open
positions in the dairy industry today.
Industry leaders have named immigration reform and
automation as some of the possible ways of alleviating the
situation, but it's also clear that valuing industry workers is
essential for future success.
" We used to always say customers are most important, but
today people are the most important, " Dykes said. " If we don't
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