Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhusker Economics, September 20, 2000,


Copyright 2000 University of Nebraska.


Currently in the state of Nebraska, there is a shortage of agricultural workers. As Nebraska’s population continues to move east, and the size of grain and livestock operations continue to increase, finding and retaining employees will become a necessity for more agricultural producers. Research is being conducted at the University of Nebraska to improve the leadership skills of producers. Even though there are many skills successful leaders need to have, one of the most important is being able to motivate your employees. A recent study looked at the relationship between an employee’s source of motivation and the type of behaviors they demonstrate while at work. This study has helped us to better understand what motivates agricultural workers in the state of Nebraska and allows us to make suggestions to employers on how to effectively motivate their employees. In the following paragraphs the results of this study and the implications for producers will be discussed.