Today’s Farmers Are HR Directors; Workshops Address Employer Roles

AMES, Iowa – The days of a few, occasional “hired hands” on the farm are over. Today Iowa farmers need to manage any number of employees, adding Human Resources director to their many roles as they run their agricultural operations.

That’s why Iowa State University Extension is offering employee management workshops specifically for agricultural operations — to help farmers deal with what may be new and confusing roles. Topics include employer roles and responsibilities, performance and legal issues, communication and compensation.
Workshops run from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:
• Jan. 31, Feb.7 and 14 – Iowa Falls, Hardin County Extension Office
• Feb. 1, 8 and 15 – Amana, Clarion Inn
• Feb. 2, 6 and 16 – Calmar, NCC Room 115
• Feb. 15 and 22, March 1 – Sheldon, NWICC Building C, Room 349
According to ISU Extension specialist Russ Euken, “A lot of farmers don’t have the background or training in how to manage employees. These workshops will help farmers gain those skills and become better employers.”
For information on how to sign up for the workshops, call Euken at 641-923-2856 or send an email message to