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CSAW was formed in response to the growing body of data which documented a significant demand for relevantly trained students that would enter the workforce in agricultural and food-related jobs. The documentation not only came from government studies and commissions, such as the National Academies, but also from the government agencies and industries that would be hiring the bulk of the workers.

Through a third-party research firm, CSAW conducted a confidential survey among member companies to better understand their projected, near-term needs f​​​or hiring domestic agricultural scientists. These data suggest there may be both a long-term and very near-term issue in finding the skill and talent needed to ensure a sustainable agricultural enterprise.

CSAW 2013 Agricultural Science Workforce Census Final Report 

CSAW 2013 Agricultural Science Workforce Census Executive Summary Presentation