This project was designed to assess future human capital needs in swine production, with focus on Bachelor’s and Advanced Degrees, to support the National Pork Board (NPB) work group in developing a fellowship program and to support the future human capital needs of U.S. pork.

Among the desired outcome was to provide informed understanding of current and anticipated workforce needs for pork production, from the lens of pork producers, academia and allied industry.

Phase 1 identifies workforce needs through the lens of producers, and the expressed production needs were foundational to develop academia interview topics.

Phase 2 focuses on academia perspectives and identified commonalities and gaps between production needs and academic programs supporting the swine industry.

Phase 3 was conducted in August 2020 and assessed allied industry needs for swine specialists with advanced degrees.