Registration for Producer Ag Employee Workshops due Jan. 4

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Brookings – SDSU Extension, along with NDSU Extension, the SW Minnesota Dairy Profit Group and University of Minnesota Extension will host Ag Employee Management Workshops which will focus on hiring, motivating and retaining employees.

The program begins in January. A unique aspect of the program is that each participant or producer will receive a follow-up, on-farm visit approximately five to six months after attending the workshop.

Each workshop will consist of four sessions with the following topics:

·Session one: Hiring: Getting the Right People on Board, which will include information on building a reputation as a great employer, inventory of labor needs and development of job description.

·Session two: Hiring (continued): This session will include information on recruiting and evaluating applicants, conducting effective interviews and how to check references and hiring. It will then move to the supervisor’s role of motivating and training employees. We will end this session with a look at understanding the Hispanic culture and its influence on working relations with employees. This will be important if you employ or are considering employing Hispanic workers on your operation.

·Session three: Motivating: Recognize the Supervisor’s Role, which will continue with supervisor motivation of employees and will include information on engaging employees, enhancement of the multi-generational workforce, defining workplace expectations, providing appropriate training and communicating effective feedback.

·Session four: Retaining: Keeping Employees, which will include information on fair and competitive compensation package, encourage career management planning and documentation – what is needed.

Dates and locations – Please note each session will build upon what is learned in the previous session.

Pipestone, Minn., Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. Meetings will be held from from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day at the at Pizza Ranch. Registration is due Jan. 4.

Sioux Falls Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Meetings will be held from from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Sioux Falls. Registration is due Jan. 4.

Jamestown, N.D., March 20 and 21, April 3 and 4. Meetings will be held from from 1 p.m. til noon the next day at the Quality Inn & Suites (701-252-3611). A block of rooms is on hold until March 4 for $95 a night under “Ag Employee Workshop.” Registration is due March 15.

Each class is limited to 30 participants. This project was partially funded through a North Central Risk Management Education Center Grant. It has multi-state partners of South Dakota, Minnesota and North Dakota.

Presenters for the workshop are JW Schroeder, NDSU Extension Dairy Specialist, Chuck Schwartau, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist, Salvador Ruiz Reyna, ABS Area Sales Manager, Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist and Tracey Renelt, Extension Dairy Field Specialist.

Registration fee for the conference is due one week before each meeting. Single Registration is $125 per person, if more than one person from an operation will be attending the cost is $125 for the first person and each additional person is $80.

Registration includes meals and materials. To register please contact Tracey Renelt, Extension Dairy Field Specialist at the Watertown Regional Extension Center at 1910 W. Kemp Ave, Watertown, SD 57201 or call 605-882-5140 or email: For more information, please feel free to contact Renelt at 605-882-5140 or Merri Post, SW MN Dairy Profit Group Coordinator at 507-825-6784 or JW Schroeder, NDSU Extension Dairy Specialist at 701-231-7663.

Registration checks should be made payable to SDSU and sent to this address, with indication of name and workshop attending or you may contact Renelt for a registration brochure.