At the February meeting of the Society Dr. Sheely gave a rousing presentation concerning the status and future of agricultural and food system employment in Pennsylvania in the coming years. Many of the figures that he provided were stunning in that there will be thousands of vacancies to be filled in the future requiring new and different skills. Especially telling was his emphasis that many of the available jobs will pay well, but not require a college education. These jobs will often be technical in nature and represent a skill set that can be used across a number of areas in agriculture and the food system. While there will still be healthy demand for highly trained college and post graduate people, the most significant demand will be for large numbers of workers still required in the field and in the maintenance of equipment. It was generally agreed that Dr. Sheely’s presentation opened many eyes to the serious challenges facing agriculture and the food system in the coming decades. Meeting the demand for highly skilled workers will require the cooperation of many private and public sector entities.