South Dakota State University Extension, along with North Dakota State University Extension, the Southwest Minnesota Dairy Profit Group and University of Minnesota Extension, will host Ag Employee Management Workshops that focus on hiring, motivating and retaining employees. The workshops will be held in Flandreau, S.D. at the Moody County Extension Office on March 8, 15, and 18. Moody County Extension Office is located at 500 First Ave. West, Flandreau.

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 three sessions with the following topics:

* Session one, March 8: 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, conducting effective interviews, reference checks, and hiring.

* Session two, March 15: Supervising/Motivating: Will focus on the supervisor's role of motivating and training employees. This session will also take a look at understanding the Hispanic culture and its influence on working relations with employees. This will be important if you employ Hispanic workers on your operation. We will also focus on engaging employees, understanding the Generation gap and the multi-generational workforce, Leadership vs. Managers and communication.

* Session three, March 18: Retaining: Keeping Employees, which will include information on fair and competitive compensation packages, encourage career management planning and documentation - what is needed.

Presenters for the workshop are JW Schroeder, NDSU Extension Dairy Specialist, Chuck Schwartau, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Dairy Specialist, Salvador Ruiz Reyna, ABS Area Sales Manager, Heather Gessner, SDSU Extension Livestock Business Management Field Specialist and Tracey Renelt, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.

Registration fee for the conference is due March 1. 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. Registration checks should be made payable to SDSU and sent to Tracey Renelt, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist at the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Watertown at 1910 W. Kemp Ave, Watertown, SD 57201 or call 605-882-5140 or email: with indication of name and workshop attending or you may contact Renelt for a registration brochure.

For more information, please feel free to contact Renelt at 605-882-5140 or Merri Post, SW MN Dairy Profit Group Coordinator at 507-825-6784 or JW Schroeder, NDSU Extension Dairy Specialist at 701-231-7663. 

Each class is limited to 30 participants. 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. Visit for details.