Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

Improving Agriculture Labor Management Series

Your employees are your most valuable resource.

Wages, salaries, and contract labor expenses represent more than 40 percent of the cost of production in labor intensive crops like fruits, vegetables, and nursery products.

Can you afford to NOT improve your skills in managing employees effectively?

4 workshops will help you become better at managing your farm's employees.

Registration Each workshop is $25.00 or sign up for the full 4-workshop series at one site for $60.00.
Registration is online, see registration link after each workshop below.

Please note the first 2 workshop dates have changed. The flyer still has the original dates.

Workshop 1: Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Do you have a lot of staff turnover? Do you want to improve your communication skills with your employees? This workshop is for you. Learn to create a work environment that attracts and retains quality employees. You will leave with an assessment of your current employee management strengths and weaknesses, and an outline of an employee handbook that will help you articulate your farm's values to your employees.

Register here for Workshop 1

Workshop 2: What Is My Job? Hiring, Training, and Evaluating Employees Effectively
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Everyone wants to have employees who know what needs to be done without being told. But getting your employees to this point is the hard part. We will help you develop a process to move your employees to this point more quickly. You will develop clear job descriptions, learn techniques in hiring, and training new staff and using just in time feedback and performance appraisal to both correct problems and motivate your staff.

Register here for Workshop 2

Workshop 3: Keeping Good Staff When Money Is Tight & Managing Conflict in the Workplace
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Although everyone likes to be paid, money is not the only, or even most important, motivator for staff retention and reduce staff turn-over. Workplace conflict can be very demotivating for everyone. We will discuss and role-play managing conflict on the farm, terminating employees and managing employee departures.

Register here for Workshop 3

Workshop 4: The Compliance and Safety Workshop. Are You Managing Your Risks As An Employer?
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cornell Cooperative Extension
480 North Main Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

This is the workshop that covers the nuts and bolts of risk management as an employer. This workshop will give you resources to help you comply with labor laws and regulations as well as mandated and recommended worker safety training. Representatives from the NYSDOL Ag Labor Program will be invited to present as well as NYCAMH. Participants will leave with an assessment of their farm's exposure to risk from having employees and strategies for reducing that risk.

Register here for Workshop 4

This material is based on work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24255.
Additional support for this program is from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant no 2017-70017-76837, from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Scholarships for Veterans!
The Cornell Small Farms Program has funding from NYS to provide scholarships for NYS Veterans to attend this program. To learn more about this opportunity and determine if you are eligible for a scholarship, contact Kat McCarthy or 607-255-9911.

Improving Agriculture Labor Management Information Flyer

Agriculture Labor Conference

Navigating the Ag Labor Maze
Thursday, December 7, 2017
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Optional H2-A session
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jordan Hall
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Do you hire or are considering hiring migrant or foreign-born labor?
Do you want to improve your skills in supervising employees who come from different cultures, especially workers from Mexico and Central America?

This workshop is for you!

This will provide agricultural employers with tips and tools for hiring agricultural workers, including navigating the H2-A process. Cross-cultural workplace relations will also be covered.

Checks made payable to CCE Ontario, mail to: Cornell Cooperative Extension, Attn: Labor Conference, 480 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Register online

or email:Nancy with name, address, and phone number or call: 585-394-3977 x 427. Navigating the Ag Labor Maze Flyer

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