New Market Maker Feature Helps Connect Businesses with Ag and Food Workers

AMES, Iowa ― Finding new employees for a food or agricultural business has just gotten easier. At no cost, members of Iowa MarketMaker can use the new employment opportunities feature to post a new job opening and see it advertised nationally.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture Program working with Iowa Workforce Development and the National Labor Exchange through has created an easy way to help businesses listed on Iowa MarketMaker to find employees.

For everyone, it’s Internet easy ― just visit and click the MarketMaker link. Or, go directly to the Iowa website at From there, employers can list positions for more than 50 job categories in the food and agriculture industries.

“Whether you are a local fresh produce farmer or a manager of a super market, MarketMaker is the perfect resource to help your business grow,” said Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Value Added Agriculture specialist Craig Tordsen. “MarketMaker is a comprehensive interactive database of food industry marketing and business data. It is one of the most extensive collections of searchable food industry data in the country.”

Each state has a unique site, but all the data from other MarketMaker states can be accessed from any state MarketMaker location. The national MarketMaker link at is hosted by the national Agricultural Resource Center ( at Iowa State University. The AgMRC link provides a clickable map of the entire United States. Participating states are highlighted, making it easy for users to navigate from state to state or to regionalize their data searches.

For more information about MarketMaker, contact the Iowa development team leader, Craig Tordsen at or 515-291-0966.