Frequently Requested Presentations—Extension

Title of Presentation (Date)




Risk Attributes of Labor and its Management Practices from Farmers’ Perspective: Implications for Educational Programs (04/18/2007 @ National Extension Risk Management Education Conference, Phoenix, AZ)

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This presentation reports on results of three need assessment studies through focus groups and the subsequent development of educational workshops. A framework for categorizing management practices according to managers’ perceptions was developed, resulting in the following 11 management categories: performance management, working conditions and organizational structure of farms, social environment, recruitment, selection, training, performance evaluation, compensation, discipline, labor law, and hiring immigrant employees.


Worker Retention Strategies, its not all Wages. What about Benefits and Other Methods to Maintain Your Workforce? (02/14/2007 @ Allendale/MI)

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Summary of relevant research results on worker retention, reasons to leave the industry and what workers want to see change in Michigan and beyond; summary of Michigan wages and benefits in horticulture (not representative); suggestions how to develop a retention strategy.


Managing Human Resource Risks and Strategies in Dairy Production
(Funded by a grant from USDA) (07/30/2004)

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Similar slide sets are available for grain, fruit, vegetable, and nursery production with tailored examples (last updated July 2004)


Slide set for farmers’ use to think about and review their human resource management approach. The authors share strategies to reduce labor risks, such as turnover, high operational costs, low productivity, penalties and fines for non-compliance with labor laws, interpersonal conflict, legal actions by employees and advocacy groups, workplace accidents and injuries. They give examples how to develop a consistent HRM strategy and suggestions for additional reading.


Extension educators are invited to use the material, given that attribution to the authors is provided. We also appreciate receiving a notice of such use.

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Last updated June 04, 2007


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Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Michigan State University