Building a Stronger Workforce for Missouri’s Food, Ag, and Forestry Employers

Summary of findings

Dr. Mark White provides a summary of findings from the recently completed Missouri Food, Agriculture and Forestry Workforce Needs Assessment in the following 30 minute video. The report is being finalized and will be released later in the year.

Project Background

An agro processing plant and silos fronted by a cornfield

University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Agricultural Foundation are undertaking a workforce needs assessment for Missouri’s food, agriculture and forestry industry to better understand the challenges you face.

This project will focus on worker demand in four industries — agricultural producers, agricultural inputs and services, food and related products manufacturing and forestry products manufacturing — and consider the challenges that employers face in meeting that demand.

Project outcomes

Smiling woman in lab coat and hard hat in meat factory

This effort will result in a detailed report that will allow Missouri agricultural employers, industry leaders and policymakers to have a better understanding of:

  • The composition of Missouri’s food, agriculture and forestry workforce
  • The scale of current and future demands for workers and skills
  • Relevant education and training needs, and Missouri’s capacity to meet those needs
  • The critical workforce issues around which to focus future efforts

This final report will help industry leaders, educators and policymakers make the data-driven decisions and investments necessary to strengthen Missouri’s food, agriculture and forestry current and future workforce.

For more information, contact: Mark C. White