A study of the workforce training needs for the agribusiness industry in Georgia
Kane, Sharon P.
McKissick, John C.
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In an effort to better link the University System‘s intellectual capital to the needs of Georgia‘s agribusiness enterprises, the University System of Georgia‘s Office of Economic Development (OED) commissioned the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development (CAED) at the University of Georgia to conduct an Agribusiness Workforce Needs Assessment. As part of the project, a survey was conducted to gather information about the industry‘s current and future workforce needs and the types of skills required to support economic growth in the State. Specifically, the research was designed to ascertain the college-educated workforce needs of the agribusiness industry and the System‘s ability to meet those needs. The Broad Focus: What are the agribusiness workforce needs? Rationale: To ensure that degree programs within the University System are relevant to the current and future needs of the agribusiness industry. As part of those efforts, this report summarizes the findings of the study completed by the CAED regarding the workforce needs of the agribusiness industry and includes the results from the survey administered to agribusiness stakeholders. The survey allowed participants the opportunity to identify their current and future workforce needs and served as the basis for the evaluation of current programs and future needs.