As farmers struggle to recruit and retain employees, it’s essential that they are viewed both by their own employees and within their communities as great employers and their farms as great places to work.

To help in that effort, Women in Agriculture Network (WAGN) will hold a seminar on “Becoming a Preferred Employer” April 4 in Rochester, Minn.     

“Finding and keeping employees is a challenge for agricultural employers.  We hear about this issue often,” says Better Betty Berning, a Minnesota Extension Educator.  “[After taking our seminar,] participants will leave with ideas on how to attract and retain employees. We’ll also spend some time on talking about how an employee handbook can help retain employees, increase employee safety, and manage a farm’s risks.”

The event will be held at the Heintz Center (1926 Collegeview Rd E, Rochester, MN 55904).  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and the program runs from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The fee is $20, which covers the cost of lunch.  Payment can be made the day of the event.

The Women in Ag Network offers more information about the program, including registration details at: http://z.umn.edu/AprWAGN.

To learn more about Women in Ag Network, please visit:  http://www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/business/women-in-ag/.