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CSIF ‘Farming for the Future’ Conference video’s available
Livestock farmers who missed the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) “Farming for the Future” conference in January can view the various segments via video at www.supportfarmers.com/video. Each segment includes experts who can help Iowa’s livestock and poultry farmers manage changes to their farms.
The video features industry experts on a variety of topics, including global economics of the agricultural industry, risk mitigation, financial feasibility and obtaining financing for new livestock projects. It also highlights several emerging opportunities in the state’s livestock industry and includes a panel of Iowa farmers who shared innovative things they are doing to increase the viability of their farm, including calving under roof, on-farm dairy processing, and custom and niche hog production.
A highlight video from the conference, as well as the full videos of each of the speakers and farmer breakout sessions is available here.
Wisconsin farm survey provides employee information
Wisconsin agriculture is a $59.16 billion industry that supports 10%, or nearly 354,000, of the state’s workforce. The more than 76,400 people employed directly by Wisconsin farms have varied backgrounds, skills, education and experience, and wages and benefits received, according to a study conducted by University of Wisconsin-Extension Farm and Risk Management (FARM) Team.
The study looked at human resource management, including how farm labor is recruited, retained and compensated. On average, farms in the survey hired three new, non-family employees in the previous year. Eighty-one percent of the farms recruit employees via word of mouth, of current employees (43%), or friends/neighbors (29%), and consultants (9%).
“Communication barriers” was identified as the biggest labor management issue, followed by hiring and recruiting, training, and dealing with employee conflicts. Only 42% of farm managers conduct regular performance reviews; 69% do not have an employee handbook; and 57% do not have written standard operating procedures.