So You Need Some Extra Labor Force on the Farm?

Agricultural producers, as a group, tend to be very independent, do it ourselves types, and the transition into being people managers instead of maybe “livestock or crop managers” is not the easiest. ( Wyatt Bechtel )

Tracey Erickson, South Dakota State University Extension

As the American farm continues to grow and evolve, the need for extra labor within these operations is also exhibiting the same parallel trend. Unfortunately, many of us as agriculture producers did not sign on to become human resource managers, when we entered into the occupation of agricultural production. In addition, agricultural producers, as a group, tend to be very independent, do it ourselves types, and the transition into being people managers instead of maybe “livestock or crop managers” is not the easiest. Thus, if we are going to be successful in the future and our success is dependent upon hired labor, we need that managers must develop the skills to manage people.

Recruitment & Hiring

Once an operation has determined they need to hire someone either part-time or full time, they will need to put together a plan for recruiting and hiring outstanding staff. No simple or even complex recipe guarantees hiring success. Luck is not the answer. Agriculture cannot meet its goals by hiring at the bottom of the barrel. We need to attract good people who are willing to work for others. The employer who seems lucky in always finding high quality people rarely is in fact lucky. Instead, such producers are depending on carefully made plans and a reputation as an excellent employer that has been patiently built. The answer to hiring a good employee lies in developing a plan for filling positions.

The following eight steps suggest a checklist that managers can utilize in helping them to succeed in hiring a quality employee.

  1. Determine the labor and management needs of the farm business that the new employee is expected to address.
  2. Develop a current job description based on the needs.
  3. Build a pool of applicants. (Ask yourself if you would work for you. Become known as the place to work, instead of the place not to go to work for. This will help build your pool of applicants.)
  4. Review applications and select those to be interviewed.
  5. Interview
  6. Check references / background checks
  7. Make a selection
  8. Hire


Another factor that needs to be considered is personal values. Ask yourself what is important to you as a person. Are you courageous, respectful, a collaborator, driven by performance, have a positive attitude, are you driven by success, honorable, trustworthy, these are among many, many values that you may have as a person. Take a true look at your values and try to hire people with similar values as you. You will be more apt to connect with that person or group as they work in your operation towards your overall purpose, vision and mission of your operation.

The Bottom Line

Farm managers face a major challenge in finding and keeping quality employees. The recipe for farm success is complex. Animals, equipment, financing, land and buildings matter a great deal. People also matter. To a great extent, managers reach their goals through people. Getting things done through people requires competent employees. Mediocrity in filling positions can make a huge difference over time. To have competent employees, people who have the potential of being competent need to be hired. The question is: Do I maximize my chances of hiring the “right” people or do I leave my success to chance? Each farm employer answers this question directly or indirectly and then lives with the answer. Lastly, remember to “hire for attitude and train for aptitude”.

* Adapted from “Recruiting and Hiring Outstanding Staff”; Bernard L. Erven, Department of Ag, Environmental & Development Economics, Ohio State University.



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Submitted by Emma on Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:08

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Submitted by Callie on Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:31

I knew a farmer a few years ago. ALL of his workers were illegals. He paid them $10/hr cash which wouldn't have been so bad except he didn't ALWAYS pay them. Many of them would like to have paid taxes; they were eager to become part of the American system. They couldn't, though, without exposing their fellows & the farmer to scrutiny. Most of the workers lived on the farm in crummy little trailers the farmer had scrounged or sheds. They had all the fresh produce they could eat in season, but their lives were constrained &, what with sending money back home to wherever, they didn't have much to consider moving into town. And 'town' was 20 miles away along a narrow winding road. Really, they were trapped.

Even so... without them & their cheap labor, the farm could not have survived. The farmer wasn't getting rich either, from an American standpoint, though he was clearly 'richer' than his workers.

The solutions to the problem aren't clear. Produce ISN'T all that cheap. Ask any poor person on food stamps & welfare what kind of food they can afford to buy & they will tell you it isn't generally fresh produce. In many instances, ground meat (which ought to be much more expensive, but isn't because of subsidies!) is cheaper than squash or lettuce or tomatoes or spinach. So is cheap cheese.

What about if all subsidies on corn were stopped? I'm sorry corn farmers but you know the party can't last forever. This would eliminate the easy river of high fructose corn syrup & cheap feedlot corn & (ridiculous idea!) corn for ethanol! Junk food & meat, which we really don't need as much of as we presently consume, would increase in price making it less desirable. Then the government (I know we're trying to eliminate it, Tea Partiers, but why don't all of you move to Somalia where there has been effectively NO government for the past two decades -- you'd like it there) could devote all that misdirected subsidy money to FRESH PRODUCE!

Poof! Bob's your uncle! Farmers who grow nourishing vegetables instead of the mono-crop corn would be able to stay in business & pay their workers enough so that they could live in decent housing & send their kids to school & silly stuff like that; & the rest of us would have a healthier diet.

Oh, & without corn subsidies in this country, we could stop flooding Latin America with the cheap North American corn (thru NAFTA) that has destroyed their local corn farming & sent so many farmers... oops! yes, that's right! ... NORTH which is the only place they can find employment.

A double win. More people would remain in their own countries where most of them would rather live & those who came here would be allowed to prosper.

Callie Lorenzo
academic writer

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