The Bruce County Federation of Agriculture is looking for a little help from the Bluewater District School Board.
Federation board member Les Nichols, told trustees at a April 2, Committee of the Whole meeting, the challenge is simple.
He says, "We don't have near enough students, younger people coming into the industry to support it as it moves forward."
Nichols says he hopes the board will make a concerted effort to promote the agricultural industry in career guidance and counselling sessions with students.
He says if students attend the 3rd annual Chesley Agri-Fair today, Tuesday or Wednseday (APR 8-10), they will come to realize that the industry is high-tech and in need of highly skilled workers.
Nichols says all aspects of farming is pretty well computer related.
He says for instance, if a tractor goes into the shop to get fixed, it's not a wrench the mechanics need but a computer to locate and identify the problem.
Nichols says farm machinery has become state-of-the-art high-tech pieces of equipment, either in the field or in the barn.
The Chesley Midwestern Agri-Fair is being held at the Chesley Community Centre.