Labor shortages aren’t only impacting restaurants and retail this year, they’re also impacting every sector of the food supply chain. From processors to truckers and on-farm laborers, the 5.7 million Americans who aren’t working this year compared to last are affecting the farm-to-fork process. Meanwhile, those who are working are demanding more; prime examples are Kellogg and John Deere where have workers fighting for higher pay and better benefits amidst company-record profits.

What does this mean for farmers and how can they best prepare for the coming season? One of two options: either pay higher wages or simply train less-experienced employees. DTN’s HR Coach Lori Culler shares her advice for producers seeking help for the upcoming growing season. The bottom line? The sooner you can start the hiring process, the better. Read more on recommendations for finding on-farm help.