Handbook and paperwork for the newly hired.
Handbook and paperwork for the newly hired.

SDSU Extension will host Dairy Producer Ag Employee Workshops which will focus on hiring, motivating and retaining employees.

The program begins in November. 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... will include information on recruiting and evaluating applicants, conducting effective interviews and how to check references and hiring.

  • Session three: Motivating: Recognize the Supervisor's Role, which will include information on understanding the Hispanic culture and Motivating: Recognize the Supervisor's Role, which will include information on engaging employees, defining workplace expectations, providing appropriate training and communicating effective feedback.

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

Workshop Schedules

The workshops are scheduled to be held in following locations:

  • Watertown - Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the SDSU Extension Regional Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Pipestone, Minn. - Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Pipestone Pizza Ranch from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Sioux Falls - Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the SDSU Extension Reginal Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.;

  • Jamestown, N.D. - March 20 and 21 and April 3and 4at the Quality Inn and Suites, Governor's Meeting Room from 1 p.m. to 9 pm the first day and from 8 a.m. to noon the second day.

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. See attached file for details.

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.

Please note that each workshop is limited to 25 people on a first come first served basis. 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. 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.