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UW Extension Hosting Conference on Farm Human Resources
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/21/2019

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension and the UW Center for Dairy Profitability are co-hosting a professional development conference on farm human resource management this spring. The May 2-3 forum will provide attendees with practical information about managing and leadering a team of employees, as well as an opportunity to collaborate with consultants and educators. The event takes place on the UW-Madison campus in Madison.

Participants will learn about the latest research in human resource management on important topics such as motivating employees, providing effective feedback, and resolving employee conflicts.

"Many ag consultants are on the farm and see the challenges farmers face with employees every day," said Simon Jette-Nantel, Professor and UW-Extension Farm Management Specialist. "These are often the people farmers ask for advice regarding employees. This program provides information and resources to help Wisconsin farmers address these questions."

The conference begins with a keynote address about labor markets, industry-wide trends affecting agriculture, and an introduction to the UW-Extension Becoming the Employer of Choice program. The afternoon will feature the program modules and research behind best management practices for leading employees working on farms. On day-two, participants will utilize the Becoming the Employer of Choice curriculum with a small-group facilitation practicum. During the practicum, participants will receive constructive feedback from the program facilitators. Topics featured include: Managing Conflict and Reviews & Feedback.

For more information and to register, visit the program website: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/ag-human-resources

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