Skills Needed in the Agricultural Workforce surveyed employers to gain deeper insights into the skills they seek and identify as the most significant skill gaps in the workforce.

Employers rank “problem solving and decision making” as the most necessary skills for all employees, followed by “organization and planning skills,” and “teamwork.”

Problem solving and decision making are also identified as areas with the most significant gap for both current employees and new graduate hires.

Only 18% of U.S. employers said that new graduate hires are adequately prepared with work-ready skills upon hire, whereas 76% say experienced new hires are equipped with those skills.

Survey data also examined industry specific skills required for employee success, such as sustainability, data science, and food science.

Results indicate the biggest knowledge needs are in agronomy and precision agriculture and animal sciences.