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ISSUE DATE: 11/21/2011

Employment opportunities abound in ag equipment technology

By Larry Dreiling

While new technologies abound in the latest agricultural equipment, the number of people to service that equipment and directly assist producers in how to use and maintain that equipment is scarce compared to the demand.

Job openings for skilled technicians are plentiful.

"Go into the help wanted pages of any publication, or onto any corporate website or an aggregator like, and you'll see hundreds of jobs requiring technical training," said Don Benjamin, dean of the Hays Campus of North Central Kansas Technical College.

The need for trained technical staff in maintenance, service and parts management, technical marketing and sales, as well as post-sales equipment owner orientation and education has never been greater.

In rural America, technical training and rural people to fill all those roles previously mentioned seem to make a good match.


27 House members advise super committee to avoid 'secret' farm bill
AFBF comments on Chesapeake Bay model
Amendment to protect rural post office approved by committee
Classic Thanksgiving dinner costs more in 2011
Climate education workshop set for Dec. 5
Communities seek to eradicate pigweed
Expert: Proposals represent 'evolutionary change' to farm safety net
Farm Bureau comments on Russia's joining of WTO
Farm Bureau proposes 'systemic risk reduction' farm program
Fourth graders learn about Mont. ag
Huelskamp calls for farm bill title to address overregulation
Iowa farmers support food pantries
KFRM hosts farm broadcaster from Afghanistan
MAESTRO offers incentives for trimming farm energy costs
Museum launches Farmer's Walk of Fame project
NCBA stays firm on farm dust
October a good month for trade
Plan now for year-end tax saving
Public is invited to barn raising event
Researchers tackle safety issues with leafy greens
The ups and downs of volatility
Understanding credit scores
USDA announces microdevelopment loans for rural America
USDA funds rural small businesses
USDA streamlines farm programs
Vilsack announces funding to expand production of advanced biofuels


Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show starts Nov. 29
American Soybean Association announces 2012 Young Leader class
Anhydrous ammonia price rising
ASA volunteers commemorate World Food Day
Conference shows research on soy crop stress
Cotton farmers see bright future in Kansas
Cotton life cycle inventory, analysis completed
Cottonseed prices nearly double as demand for feed soars
Develop a crop nutrient management plan
Dry soils cause anhydrous ammonia concerns
Economist: Don't blame gas prices on corn, ethanol markets
Employment opportunities abound in ag equipment technology
Evaluating terrace, conservation maintenance practices
Extension bulletin examines land trusts
Extension to host Crop Management Conference
Food and Agricultural Products Center receives $250K gift
Free aerial photographs of property available online
Headed into winter dormancy, wheat crop is in good shape
Herbicide carryover possible in 2012 due to precipitation extremes
Kan. corn crop even smaller than thought
Kansas Rural Center names new executive director
K-State to host lease workshops for ag tenants, landlords
MGGA Convention, Trade Show begins Nov. 29
Mobile apps, web resources help improve weed control
New crop cultivars under development
NMSU, Western SARE to host sustainable ag workshop
'Plant vampires' attack winter wheat and canola
Trade pacts signed
Universities offer online bioenergy graduate certificate
Unlocking the genetic secret of insects
Updated plant genebank system available soon
Waterhemp shows resistance to 2,4-D
Weak markets push down South Texas onion acreage
Western Sustainable Ag Crops and Livestock Conference set for Dec. 3


A shape on the earth, not a place on earth
Adding more value to feeder calves
AHA holds annual meeting, announces leaders
American Royal Hereford champions named
American Royal Salers Livestock Show held
Beef Quality Assurance training scheduled in Wichita
CAB: As quality spread widens, prepared cattlemen profit
Cowgirls competing to become Miss Rodeo America 2012
Equine group applauds removal of appropriations riders
Feeding turkeys for less
National Beef Cook-Off grand prize awarded
National Farmers Organization supports Dairy Security Act
National Jersey queen crowned
Reducing winter feeding costs for cow herds
Some cattle producers hauling water as drought worsens
TCFA chairman calls for cattlemen to find their voice
Using DNA technology to develop feedlot strategies


Giving thanks
KCBT addresses MF Global issue
Use common courtesy when hunting
Weren't they supposed to have fixed that?


A simple prayer of thanks
Just a scoop full
New herbicide formulation introduced
One step closer
Updated skid loaders debut
Why do we work?
Why farmers and ranchers need to rethink the way they reach out to consumers


Aberdeen cattle sales report
Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa conditions mostly good
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Bloomfield feeder cattle auction
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn, soybean harvest almost complete
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dunlap livestock auction report
Emerging winter wheat makes good progress
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock summary report
Grain bids lower
Grain market close
Harvest, fieldwork near completion
Hay trade moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay prices remain steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt feeder cattle auction
Row crop harvest wraps up in most areas
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock sales report
Severe weather brought generous rainfall
South Central Direct sheep sales
Springfield livestock market report
Springfield livestock market report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat conditions well above a year ago
Winter wheat in mostly fair to good condition
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report


Regional hay schools coming to southwest Missouri
Teaming up to create a successful forage grass
Using CRP land for biomass feedstock production


A peek at Christmas in Oklahoma and Kansas destinations
Audubon Colorado gets grant for habitat restoration, bird monitoring
Avoiding burnout and improving time management
Blue Skye perfect for sloping lots
Choose best value when shopping for meat, poultry
Colorado FFA Foundation announces Hall of Fame inductees
Controlling venomous spiders
Farm American teams up with FFA
Handling, storing leftover pesticides
Helpful fall tips
Local foods workshop set for Nov. 30
Make your holiday even better this year
Making the most of your food dollar
Meditation for 11-21-11
Most vegetables sold as 'yams' are sweet potatoes
Tie up loose ends in garden before winter
Tom Turkey the All American guy
White Lie-By Joe Kreger

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