Indoor Farm Operations Survey by Cornell University & Agritecture Consulting

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In October 2018, Agritecture announced its partnership with Cornell University to foster industry research through a workforce development study. This study aims to develop an education and workforce training program. 

In May 2019, a Developing A Curriculum (DACUM) workshop was conducted with 15 vertical farming operations managers to assess the relevant duties and tasks of their position. From this workshop, a thorough list of these duties and tasks have been created.  

We want to understand the tasks that Indoor Farm Operations Managers perform. Your input will help us prioritize education and training relevant to indoor agriculture. Our goal is to get as many responses as possible to ensure that our efforts benefit the majority of indoor agriculture businesses.

For the purposes of this survey, we are defining indoor agriculture as any controlled environment agriculture (CEA) operation, including both greenhouses and vertical farms. The survey is straightforward but contains many elements. It will take approximately thirty minutes to complete, and can be completed over the course of a month: the survey closes November 15.

Your individual responses will be held in strict confidence, as only group responses will be totaled. In addition, because your time is valuable, we will offer the first 100 people who complete the survey Amazon gift cards for $25 as a token of our appreciation. Should you be interested in this offer, please include your name and email at the end of the survey.

Here is the link to the survey:

If you have questions about this project or our educational efforts, please reach out Anu Rangarajan (project leader,, Wythe Marschall (project associate, or Jeffrey Landau (Agritecture Consulting,