ERIC Number: ED086809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
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A Study to Determine Competencies Needed by Employees Entering Agricultural Supplies and Service Occupations.
Donahoo, Alvin W.; Amberson, Max L.
The competency study is designed to serve as a guide for persons planning agricultural education programs to meet Montana's agricultural manpower needs. It is part of a five-year Agricultural Manpower Project and one of six agribusiness job surveys. The agricultural supplies and services area represents 40 percent of all agricultural occupations in Montana, employing 3,418 persons (with 127 vacancies). In the next three or four years this field should require 329 trained people to fill predicted vacancies. The farm service center is a growing part of this area. A study was instituted to determine essential competencies that employees should possess for entry into this area. The competencies that management feels are important will serve as a basis for the revision of existing curricula or develop new courses of study. It was found that personal qualities and attitudes were more important than specific skills and that competency in dealing with business was more important than farm experience. Product knowledge, ability to sell, and technical crop and livestock production training were also important. (MS)
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Sponsor: Montana State Dept. of Public Instruction, Helena. Div. of Vocational and Occupational Skills.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Montana