In 2013, there were more than 21 million veterans living in the United States. Cobb is committed to supporting veterans by providing employment opportunities across the country and coordinating a wide range of schedules and duties for members of the Reserves.
That’s why Cobb proudly participates in the Ag Warriors program, an AgCareers.cominitiative. AgCareers is an online job-searching tool for the agriculture, food, natural resources and biotech industries. Ag Warriors is specifically designed to connect the men and women who have served our country with employment opportunities in the agribusiness and food industries.
There are many avenues through which Cobb can reach out to veterans, but by posting open positions on AgCareers.com, Cobb hopes to connect directly with veterans and active members in all branches of the military.
AgCareers is continually expanding its network and the number of jobs available by forming partnerships with several military and veteran organizations, including the Farmers Veteran Coalition, university- and college-level ROTC groups, Veteran Affairs, and Wounded Warriors.
“The bridge from military to agriculture is not as wide as you might think,” said Shanna Morgan, Human Resources manager at Cobb. “Many veterans have previous ag experience, even including growing up on a farm.”
With the skills they’ve learned and perfected during their time in the military, veterans are ideal candidates for many of our entry-level positions, from research positions in R&D to assistant farm managers and roles within every stage of production. Cobb also prides itself in being flexible and working with current employees who are members of the National Guard or the Reserves.
For example, Joe Baker has worked at Cobb’s Strawberry Hill farm in Burnside, Kentucky, for five years. As a member of the National Guard, Joe is one of the first responders to national crises and natural disasters, such as floods and tornados, and must be able to leave at a moment’s notice. However, working at Cobb, this has never been an issue:
“Cobb was always supportive and willing to work with my schedule,” said Joe. “But more than that, I knew that Cobb was proud to have a team member who served our country.”
During his service, Joe has honed skills that can translate to his career at Cobb – leadership, calm under pressure and a strong work ethic. He notes, “Every day I do my best. I have a job to do and I work at it until it is complete to the best of my ability. It’s what I’ve always done, but I also don’t want to let Cobb, or my teammates, down.”
Dustin McCutcheon also works several positions at Cobb’s Kentucky Hatchery. Dustin spent four years on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, during which he learned skills that will forever shape the way he approaches his new role: “My goal is to make things easier for the next guy. Every time I come to work, I look for efficiencies and processes that can make our work simpler and more effective – both for me and the whole company.”
But for Dustin, and many others, Cobb is so much more than just an employer. “Cobb is like a family,” said Dustin. “We work together as a seamless unit, each picking up where the other left off. I’m lucky to experience the same camaraderie at Cobb as I did in the Marines.”
If you have a strong sense of integrity, an innovative mind and a desire to be the best, we would love to have you join our team. Visit the careers page on our website or the Cobb page on AgCareers.com to see which positions are open.
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