Ag Talent Survey
Greetings!

Prima Civitas, a statewide non-profit economic developer, is working to better understand what would draw those not currently interested in the field of agriculture to agribusiness, as well as to understand what would help those currently working in this sector to improve their experience - and we need your help!

Please take 15 minutes to share your thoughts with us by completing this electronic survey. Your response is greatly appreciated and will help inform strategy to improve Michigan’s workforce experience. Your comments are confidential and no one outside of Prima Civitas will review individual response information.

Thank you very much for your time and reflection.

If you are an MSU student taking this survey for SONA credit, please enter your 4 or 5 digit SON PIN here.
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What is your current residence?
Please indicate your city and state.
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Did you grow up in this city?
Is there a history of farming in your family?
If there is a history of farming in your family, for how long? If no, please continue to the next question.
(Years)
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If there is a history of farming in your family, what kind? If no, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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As a child, were you aware of Michigan State University Extension's 4-H Club opportunities?
If you were aware of these 4-H opportunities, did you partake? If no, please continue to the next question.
As child or young adult, did your hometown have a Future Farmers of America chapter?
If your hometown did have a Future Farmers of America chapter, were you a member? If not, please continue to the next question.
Are you currently a student?
If you are a student, what educational institution are you attending? If you are not a student, please continue to the next question.
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If you are a student, what is your major? If you are not a student, please continue to the next question.
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If you are a student, why did you choose your current major? If you are not a student, please continue to the next question.
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Do you currently hold a diploma or a certification?
Do you have future educational plans?
If you do have future educational plans,what are they? If not, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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Do you plan on relocating out of the state within the next two years?
If you do plan to relocate out of the state in the next two years, where will you go and why? If not, please continue to the next question.
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Are you currently self-employed?
If you are currently self-employed, please describe your business. If not, please continue to the next question.
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Are you currently employed (other than self-employed)?
If you are currently employed, what is your job?
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If you are currently employed, is this full-time or part-time?
If you are currently part-time employed, is this seasonal work? If no, please continue to the next question.
If you are employed in any capacity (including self-employed), what is your rate of pay? Please identify by hour, salary or piece rate and wage.
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If you are employed, what business do you work for? If you are not employed, please continue to the next question.
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If you are employed, is this an agricultural or food related business? If you are not employed, please continue to the next question.
If you are employed, please describe your average work day. If you are not employed, please continue to the next question.
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If you are employed, whether self or other, why did you choose to work for this business? If you are unemployed, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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Do you have a clear track for your upward professional growth and/or promotion?
If you do have an upward track for your professional growth and/or promotion, please describe it below. If not, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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If you are employed, but do not have an upward professional growth track and/or promotion opportunity, please describe the parameters of your current position. If you are not employed, please continue to the next question.
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If you could envision your "perfect" professional development opportunity, what would it look like?
Please describe.
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If you are employed, do you plan on staying in your current job? If you are not employed, please continue on to the next question.
If you are employed, do you plan on staying in this field of work? If you are not employed, please continue on to the next question.
Do you full-time farm?
Do you part-time farm or garden for profit?
If you are a part-time or full-time farmer, please indicate what you produce. If you do not farm in any way, please continue to the next question.
(Please indicate acreage, crop or head of cattle, etc.
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If you are involved with farming, how did you become so? If not, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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If you farm, do you have additional assistance for your operation such as a manager, seasonal workers, accountant, etc.? If you do not farm, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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If you part-time farm, please describe your operation. If you do not, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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If you full or part-time farm (or garden for profit), please describe how you became involved in this business.
(Please describe)
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If you full or part-time farm (or garden for profit), do you plan to continue this business into the future? Why or why not? If you do not farm at all, please continue to the next question.
(Please describe)
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If you do farm or garden for profit, do you consider this profitable? Why or why not? If you do not farm, please continue to the next question.
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If you farm or garden for profit, do you have a long-term financial plan to grow your business? Please describe. If you do not farm, please continue on to the next question.
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If you do not farm or garden for profit, do you have interest in learning about agricultural jobs?
What are your perceptions of the agricultural industry? For example, do you associate it with positive opportunities?
(Please describe)
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What incentives would draw you to consider a field of employment? For example, this might include: professional development, raise consideration, friendly work environment, etc.
(Please describe)
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How important to you are opportunities for career exploration? These might include: job shadowing, employer open houses, career fair, etc.
If you have had job exploration opportunities in the past, did you find them helpful?
What about agricultural jobs do you find most interesting? For example: entrepreneurial opportunity, product development, outdoor activity, etc.
(Please describe)
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If you had an easily accessible (for example online) and close to home educational option to gain skills for guaranteed agricultural job placement within 50 miles of your current residence, would you be interested in learning more about this?
What would you be willing to invest in agricultural education if there was a reasonable guarantee of job placement?
How would you rate your awareness of agricultural job opportunities?
What would it take to get you interested in the field of agriculture? For example, guaranteed job placement, upward mobility, stock options, etc.
(Please describe)
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If you were offered an agricultural job rotation (ie., several different ag-related jobs within a period for pay) would you be interested in participating?
Are sustainable practices important to you when choosing an employer?
Is a positive work environment important to you?
How would you describe a positive work environment?
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Is job security important to you?
What motivates you to go to work?
(Please describe)
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Why or why wouldn't you be motivated to take a job in the agricultural field?
(Please describe)
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