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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
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Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference set for April 17

ORANGE CITY, Iowa – Sit down with any Northwest Iowa livestock producer - dairy, swine, beef or poultry - and the topic of labor is sure to surface in the conversation.

According to Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist Fred Hall, everybody has the solution for how agriculture can find and keep a dependable labor force, but each has a perspective for the solution that often doesn’t recognize or jive with the issues identified by employees or employers.

To help identify those issues, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist Fred M. Hall and Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life Lori Hayungs have worked with retired ISU Sociologist Dr. Jan Flora to develop a survey for employees and a survey for employers. Hall and Hayungs are asking farm employees and employers to identify the issues that they believe are most important to bringing employees and employers together for mutually beneficial arrangements and strong communities.

“These surveys should tie together the needs of each - employers and employees - and build a framework for programs that will help stabilize the workforce and build community,” Hall said. “Surveys have been circulating the area with help from local churches and farm groups.”

The distribution and completion of these surveys is all leading up to the Northwest Iowa Farm Labor Conference on Tuesday, April 17 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office in Orange City.

Employer Track

The employer track registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:15. Speakers will discuss what community means to immigrants, consistent management practices for people, animal welfare, and creating community for employees in Sioux County.

In addition, all attendees will be asked to complete the employer survey during the noon lunch. Employers who are not able to attend, but would still like to share their opinion may also complete the online form which can be accessed at https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/nwiadairyoutlook/. Once completed, email the survey to fredhall@iastate.edu.

Employee Track

The employee track will be presented in Spanish and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on April 17. The evening will start with a light dinner, and the program will start at 6:15 p.m. The discussion will focus on how immigrants understand community, and how employers can build consistent management practices for people that protect both employees and supports animal welfare.

All employees will be asked to complete a survey. Proctors will be available to assist, if needed.

Pre-Registration

Neither the employee or employer program has a registration fee, but pre-registration is required to ensure that enough meals are provided.

Pre-registration can be made by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office at 712-737-4230 or emailing fredhall@iastate.edu. Questions and/or more information can also be requested by calling or emailing Hall.

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Dairy Discussions Seminar

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 9:30am to 2:45pm
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Annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Dec. 1 to Focus on Labor

 

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. as a live program at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office located at 400 Central Ave. NW in Orange City.

 

This year’s program will focus on labor issues.

 

The key presentations include:

  • HR - The Art of Finding and Retaining Dairy Labor, Gary Wright, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist
  • Labor and the Law: I-9s, Work Permits and Petitioning Foreign-Born Workers, Amanda Bahena, Fuller Shultz and Smith, Sioux Center
  • Programs for Employers and Recognizing Legitimate Documents, Brett Stanley, DHS/ICE/Homeland Security Investigations
  • Using Social Media Platforms to Recruit Employees, Leah Feltz, ISU Extension and Outreach Social Media Specialist
  • Five Generation in the Workforce, Fred Hall, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist

 

“The program this year is varied in topics, but they are all key to and center around labor, whether that be recruiting or maintaining a workforce,” Hall said. “The presenters bring years of experience and research in each topic area.”

 

Gary Wright will tap into his years of experience in Human Resources to share his thoughts on successful strategies for hiring and retaining employees.

 

As a lawyer with Fuller, Shultz and Smith in Sioux Center, Amanda Bahena assists individual clients around the world in almost every United States immigration area, including petitioning family members and fiancés for permanent residency, employment visas, deferred action, student visas, visa compliance, waivers, and adjustment of status.

 

Brett Stanley, the resident agent in charge of DHS/ICE/Homeland Security Investigations in this region, will outline the programs available to assist agricultural employers and present information on identifying legitimate documents presented by potential employees.

 

Leah Feltz will outline how dairy employers can use social media platforms to find and retain employees.

 

Fred Hall will focus on the results of having five generations active in the workforce and each of their expectations and priorities.

 

There is no fee to attend this program, but preregistration is required by Nov. 30.

 

To preregister, visit https://go.iastate.edu/XKS2GK or contact Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

Annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Dec. 1 to Focus on Labor

 

ORANGE CITY, Iowa - The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar on Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. as a live program at the ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office located at 400 Central Ave. NW in Orange City.

 

This year’s program will focus on labor issues.

 

The key presentations include:

  • HR - The Art of Finding and Retaining Dairy Labor, Gary Wright, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist
  • Labor and the Law: I-9s, Work Permits and Petitioning Foreign-Born Workers, Amanda Bahena, Fuller Shultz and Smith, Sioux Center
  • Programs for Employers and Recognizing Legitimate Documents, Brett Stanley, DHS/ICE/Homeland Security Investigations
  • Using Social Media Platforms to Recruit Employees, Leah Feltz, ISU Extension and Outreach Social Media Specialist
  • Five Generation in the Workforce, Fred Hall, ISU Extension and Outreach Dairy Specialist

 

“The program this year is varied in topics, but they are all key to and center around labor, whether that be recruiting or maintaining a workforce,” Hall said. “The presenters bring years of experience and research in each topic area.”

 

Gary Wright will tap into his years of experience in Human Resources to share his thoughts on successful strategies for hiring and retaining employees.

 

As a lawyer with Fuller, Shultz and Smith in Sioux Center, Amanda Bahena assists individual clients around the world in almost every United States immigration area, including petitioning family members and fiancés for permanent residency, employment visas, deferred action, student visas, visa compliance, waivers, and adjustment of status.

 

Brett Stanley, the resident agent in charge of DHS/ICE/Homeland Security Investigations in this region, will outline the programs available to assist agricultural employers and present information on identifying legitimate documents presented by potential employees.

 

Leah Feltz will outline how dairy employers can use social media platforms to find and retain employees.

 

Fred Hall will focus on the results of having five generations active in the workforce and each of their expectations and priorities.

 

There is no fee to attend this program, but preregistration is required by Nov. 30.

 

To preregister, visit https://go.iastate.edu/XKS2GK or contact Hall at 712-737-4230 or fredhall@iastate.edu.

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Dairy Boots in the Barn offered near New Vienna

Thursday, March 3, 2022 - 1:00pm to Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 1:30pm
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will host Boots in the Barn, a program for women dairy producers, in March in the New Vienna area. Boots in the Barn is a three-part series for women involved in the dairy industry.

The course will be held March 3, 10 and 17. The March 3 session will feature Gail Carpenter, ISU Assistant Dairy Teaching/Research Professor, who will provide information on transition cow care, maternity management, and research around transition cows. Gail will demonstrate on-farm tools that can be used to monitor transition cow health. The session will be held at the McAllister Dairy Farm located at 27334 North Bankston Road, New Vienna, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The March 10 session will feature Jenn Bentley, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Field Specialist. Bentley will share tips, tools, and best management practices for early life care. Jenn will demonstrate on-farm tools that can be used to monitor colostrum quality and success of passive transfer. This session will also be held at the McAllister Dairy Farm from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. 

The March 17 session will focus on employee management. Melissa O’Rourke, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Farm and Agri-Business Management Specialist, will discuss best management practices for hiring, retaining, and evaluating dairy farm employees. There will be time for discussion and Q&A with Melissa and participants. This will be a live webinar offered via ZOOM from Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Those interested in the program can register online. The fee for this program is $5 per in-person session, webinar session is free. Please register a week before each session to help with program materials.

The Boots in the Barn program was created after ISU Extension and Outreach staff identified the need for additional ag programs for women.

“We’ve had great success with programs designed specifically for women,” said Jenn Bentley, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Women often prefer to learn in small groups and with hands-on opportunities. They like to ask lots of questions of presenters without feeling intimidated, so programs designed for women alone are very effective.”

For more information on Boots in the Barn, contact Jennifer Bentley (563-382-2949 or jbentley@iastate.edu).

 

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