North Mankato, Minn. March 2, 2017 - Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture has partnered with RealTime Talent and AgriGrowth to launch the AgriGrowth Job Exchange, a cutting-edge matching technology that will transform the recruitment process and streamline how employers and candidates connect with each other during the job/internship search process. This is a first of its kind technology solution that brings significant efficiency to finding and hiring employees by matching optimal candidates to jobs or internships, reducing potential turnover and overall hiring costs.

Talent attraction is a key challenge facing the employers of all sizes and types and Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture is pleased to offer this state of the art technology platform to their stakeholders. The AgriGrowth Job Exchange uses sophisticated matching algorithms to connect employers to candidates based on skills, interests, and requirements. Using correlated question-sets directed to both employers and candidates, the platform systematically aligns talent with opportunity.

“Connecting quality talent with open positions is a significant challenge for our members. The Center of Agriculture is excited to provide them with cutting-edge technology to streamline the recruitment process,” stated Brad Schloesser, Dean of Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture.

The AgriGrowth Job Exchange is focused on Minnesota’s employer community because they are key to our region’s economic growth and sustained quality of life for all Minnesotans. “Locating and hiring quality talent is a significant issue for any growing business. We are pleased to provide a resource to our stakeholders that makes the hiring process more efficient and provides better outcomes for both employers and candidates,” said Schloesser.

The AgriGrowth Job Exchange ensures that employers are connected to the most qualified applicants while candidates get matched to opportunities that best fit their unique profiles. Because the system provides unbiased, correlated matches, the playing field is leveled and candidates and employers are exposed to each other in ways that they historically would not have been. Consequently, the AgriGrowth Job Exchange, which is powered by the WorkFountain platform, maximizes employers’ ability to reach a large and diverse candidate pool while ensuring equal access to opportunities for all candidates. The AgriGrowth Job Exchange expertly collects and reports on meaningful data analytics regarding employer needs, candidates’ career interests, and how they align with real-time market needs and trends.

While new to Minnesota, this proven system is already in use by thousands of employers and tens of thousands of candidates from across the country and is growing rapidly. 


The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture is a Minnesota State Center of Excellence established in 2013 and is located at South Central College in North Mankato, Minnesota. The Center focuses on connecting students with the resources of area academic institutions, which are aligned with the needs of and industry to develop and sustain a talented workforce. The Center’s work includes developing career exploration camps, seminars and workforce trainings; new agricultural career pathways, and supporting internship and job opportunities with area agricultural businesses. For additional information about the Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, please visit the organization’s website at

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Published: Thursday, 02 March 2017 12:32