Oct. 20 2020
Farm managers and employees’ roles can be aligned with those of coaches and players for a sports team
Oct. 12 2020
The blank spot on many dairy calendars this year — the one where World Dairy Expo is usually marked — offers yet another reminder that 2020 is very different
Sept. 28 2020
“People notoriously don’t listen to each other,” said Lisa Holden, associate professor of dairy science with Penn State Extension, during the webinar “Dairy Workforce Focus: Communication...
Aug. 10 2020
Recruiting, training, and retaining employees are a few of the most constant challenges a dairy may have
July 30 2020
Stressful seasons on the farm can and do cause conflict, drama, and finger-pointing amongst employees and owners
July 20 2020
After years of tight labor markets and difficulties in recruiting and retaining good employees, we now find ourselves with double-digit unemployment in just about every corner of the U.S
May 7 2020
In times of stress and uncertainty, it’s easy to succumb to the frenzy and focus heavily on what’s outside our control
April 6 2020
Farmers, farm employees, and most veterinarians across the country have been deemed essential personnel because of their agricultural services, but that does not make them immune from the threat of COVID-19
March 5 2020
I will be 30 years old in just a few months. Throughout the years, I have seen high school workers on our farm come and go
Feb. 25 2020
In dairy’s labor availability crisis, many farms have focused on doing a great job of training whether they are hiring someone with limited or extensive experience
Jan. 27 2020
Contrary to the excuses we often fall into as employers, pay is not the first thing many employees cite when leaving a job
Jan. 25 2020
The author has been involved in large-scale commercial dairying in Wisconsin for more than 20 years and is now an account manager for Chr. Hansen Inc.It’s a basic human tendency to avoid confrontati
Dec. 12 2019
The U.S. House of Representatives has begun consideration of HR 5038, “The Farm Workforce Modernization Act.” It is a bill that fully addresses both immigration reform priorities for the dairy...
Nov. 15 2019
Trade, immigration, and dairy product sales garnered the lion’s share of the discussion at this year’s annual gathering of the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, the National Milk...
Nov. 15 2019
By the mid-1990s, Wisconsin dairy producers started moving toward modernization and expansion. In the process, many longtime farmers shifted away from milking cows themselves
Nov. 11 2019
Negative business and organizational cultures in U.S. workplaces are killing people and costing the economy millions of dollars
Oct. 21 2019
“Animal welfare is the result of the positive outcome of the interaction between humans and the animals,” said Robert Hagevoort, of New Mexico State University during the monthly webinar
Sept. 23 2019
I have worked in agriculture for over 30 years. At the age of 15, I worked loading produce during the harvest season at the Pompano farmers market in South Florida
Aug. 2 2019
Dairymen and women know there’s always room for improvement on the farm. That concept of constantly improving is a key at Maddox Dairy in Riverdale, Calif., where consistency is the focus