Effective Management of Farm Employees

Date: January 29, 2015 - January 30, 2015
Location: 4747 28th St, SE Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Contact: durstp@anr.msu.edu, 989-387-5346

This event is designed for farm owners and managers who manage employees. 

Employees enable farm owners to do much more than they could ever achieve on their own, and to add skills and perspectives that owners don’t possess. The bottom line is that employees make you better.

At this informative meeting, you will have the opportunity to listen and interact with professionals on how to effectively manage your farm employees. Sessions will be focused around 4 key areas:

  • Attracting good applicants in today’s job environment
  • Building teamwork on the farm
  • Capitalizing on your employees’ desire to learn
  • Achieving high quality performance

LOCATIONS
The program will be held on January 27-28, 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bay City, Mich. and on January 29-30, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich.

REGISTRATION COSTS
The cost of the program is $160 for the first person from a farm and $140 for each subsequent person from the same farm.  Registration includes all meals, refreshments, materials and sessions. Overnight lodging is not included. 

AGENDA
DAY 1 - EVENING SESSION 5:30-8:30PM

5:30-6:30 PM DINNER

SESSION 1 - FEATURED TOPICS
Being a competitive employer is more than money
Know what you are looking for
What do potential employees want to join?
How to hire; what process works well?
On-boarding new employees

DAY 2 - 7:30 AM-3:00 PM

7:30-8:30 AM BREAKFAST

SESSION 2 - FEATURED TOPICS
Creating a team, not just a collection of employees
Providing opportunities for communication
Handling employee-to-employee problems
Language issues

10:30-11:00 AM BREAK

SESSION 3 - FEATURED TOPICS
Valuing their heads
Encouraging their ideas
Training that is “why” focused
Progressive training

12:30-1:15 PM LUNCH

SESSION 4 - FEATURED TOPICS
Understanding performance measures
Feedback on performance
Compensating for performance
Managing for successful employees

SPEAKERS
Lori Culler, Founder & CEO of AgProVise Consulting, LLC
Phil Durst, Senior MSU Extension Educator
Stan Moore, Senior MSU Extension Educator
Corey Risch, MSU Asst. Professor, Dept. of Agricultural,     Food & Resource Economics
Felix Soriano, CEO of APN Dairy Consulting, LLC
Matt Wood, Vita Plus Dairy Specialist 

LODGING INFORMATION

Hilton Grand Rapids Airport
4747 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Call 616-957-0100 for Reservations
Discounted rates are available until January 15, 2015
Room rate: $90 per night (plus 15 percent tax) refer to group name “MSU Extension”

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