Too few scientists are being trained in the agricultural fields of science, according to a study released by the Coalition for a Sustainable Agriculture Workforce (CSAW). The study, which surveyed CSAW member companies, shows that the agricultural industry anticipates hiring more than 1,000 scientists through 2015, but there is growing concern among the companies that they will not be able to find quality applicants with the education and experience they seek.
The largest numbers of agricultural scientists are needed in the disciplines of plant sciences, plant breeding/genetics and plant protection. Nearly half of those hired will need doctoral degrees, according to the report.
The data suggest there may be both a long-term and near-term issue in finding the skill and talent needed to ensure a sustainable agricultural enterprise.