Dairy producers in Vermont have a new resource to call on in order to find temporary workers.

This spring the Vermont Farm Labor Service Cooperative started finding people interested in working in ag and matching them with the needs of area producers. So far the service has placed 18 temporary workers throughout the state.

Producers want experienced workers. But that can be hard to find and full-time jobs are often hard to fill. That’s where the program comes in.

The greatest area of need is people with experience milking cows, says Beverly Bishop, labor service coordinator for the program. Most people don’t have experience, and many only want part-time employment.

Eventually the program may offer training for interested parties. The next step will be to expand the service to producers in other ag industries and to recruit, and train more workers.

Associated Press