7. Take the time to be a better personnel manager. Excellent resources can be found in some of the dairy short courses offered by land-grant institutions. Also, you may want to buy a copy of Labor Management in Agriculture: Cultivating Personnel Productivity (available from Ag Executive, P.O. Box 180, Bushnell, Ill., for $21, plus $3.50 shipping and handling. Illinois residents must add $1.31 sales tax.) Another excellent resource is a publication called Employee Incentive Pay in Dairies. This is also available from Ag Executive for $12, plus $ 3.50 shipping and handling. (Illinois residents add 75 cents sales tax.) Both books were written by Gregory Billikopf at the University of California.
You control the success of your employees and your operation. Take time today to develop the personnel skills you'll need to be a good manager in the 21st century!
Darrell Dunteman, AAC, is an Accredited Agricultural Consultant and accountant with offices in Bushnell, Ill.