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Becoming the Employer of Choice

In addition to the daily responsibilities of keeping an agricultural operation running, farm managers and owners also have to become human resource specialists in their quest to find and retain the best employees.

To help develop those skills, Purdue Extension in Huntington and Whitley Counties will offer the Becoming the Employer of Choice program on March 8, 15, and 22, 2022, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Brethren Church, 415 S Main Street, Roanoke, IN. The program is a series, so participants would need to plan on attending all three nights. The popular program, developed by University of Wisconsin Extension, is designed to improve human resource skills through hands-on activities and interactive sessions.

"An issue identified in the ag industry is the tight labor market and lack of labor currently available," said John Woodmansee, Purdue Extension educator in Whitley County. "You have to objectively ask yourself what your strengths and weaknesses are as a manager, and if your farm or business is the kind of place where people want to work.” The program will help managers become an employer of choice who can successfully compete for the best available employees.

Attendees will gain effective and practical approaches to managing human resource challenges on the farm. The program consists of seven modules addressing how different leadership styles are used on the farm; reducing mis-hires and turnover through hiring best practices; learning about organizational culture and how it impacts employee motivation and engagement; identifying keys to create a motivating environment; learning how to effectively communicate expectations to employees; developing skills to provide effective feedback; and learning ways to address and work through conflict.

Registration details will be forthcoming. Please check back soon.

If you have questions about this event, contact Ed Farris in Huntington County at, (260) 358-4826, or John Woodmansee in Whitley County at, (260) 244-7615. 

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity institution.

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