Know where to look, be flexible and hire the right match for your farm, say growers in low unemployment states.
Computer automation and sophisticated machinery technology has raised the bar for what was once manual labor on today's farms. More than a third of DTN readers say it's a challenge to find qualified staff with today's tight job markets. In this occasional series, DTN details how to recruit, retain and motivate a talented farm labor pool.
Iowa grower Kevin Green shares strategies to keep a waiting list of prospective hires flocking to your farm.
Be sure your employees value benefits like tax-free housing, health insurance or farm vehicles when calculating their total compensation package.
Praise increases employees' confidence and willingness to receive constructive criticism, says management consultant Gregorio Billikopf.
On-again, off-again profit-sharing plans don't buy much employee loyalty. Retirement benefits can be an easier way to retain and attract talented employees.
Not a people person? Maybe you need a human resources consultant to help you handle employees.
Outgrown your bookkeeper? Part-time pros help farms that need more sophisticated financial analysis stay on course.