Agricultural Workforce Development

The Agriculture Advocacy, Marketing and Outreach team works with farmers/ranchers and agribusinesses to identify current and future needs in regards to the skills needed for workforce.

The team also works with secondary and post-secondary educational institutions to develop training solutions for the workforce needs of the industry. Creating partnerships between industry and education that ensures a pipeline of qualified individuals to fill the needs of the agricultural employers is the primary workforce development goal at KDA.

Additionally, the team reaches out to secondary education programs in order to promote agriculture careers and opportunities that are available to students upon graduation from high school or post-secondary training. 

Agriculture Workforce Needs Assessment Survey

In an effort to help support growth in agriculture, the Kansas Department of Agriculture seeks to help the industry better understand workforce needs among agricultural employers in the state by conducting the first Kansas Agriculture Workforce Needs Assessment Survey to identify the number and types of  jobs and specific skills required for those jobs in agriculture. The survey will be offered to all agribusinesses, manufacturers and producers of agricultural products in Kansas. According to a five year projection from the USDA and Purdue University, we will be 22,500 jobs short of filling the projected openings in agriculture nationwide.

This survey will help to clearly identify the gap between industry and education in terms of what specific jobs we are short in as well as the technical and essential workplaces skills that are needed for the workforce.

Results of this survey will be used to redesign education and training programs that will fit the workforce needs within the service area of the producer or agribusiness. Formal results of the survey will be available soon.

For questions, contact Russell Plaschka at Russell.Plaschka@ks.gov