Employee Management

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Housing, insurance and vehicles can provide another form of compensation for returning farm or ranch family members. However, it's best for all family members in the operation to get non-monetary compensation in writing before any official employment begins.

Paying Family Members on the Farm or Ranch

February 29, 2024
This is the first in a series of Center for Agricultural Profitability articles that will highlight ideas and tactics for successfully bringing another family member into the operation.

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Participants who register for the 2024 Nebraska Women in Ag Conference before Feb. 9 can take advantage of a discounted rate for attending the two-day event in Kearney.

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Registration Now Open

January 4, 2024
The 2024 conference highlights include keynote speakers Ashley Machado, Dr. David Kohl, John Noltner, and more than 20 workshops on ag risk management of production, marketing, finances, human and legal.

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The upcoming farm succession workshops are sponsored by the Nebraska Rural Response Hotline, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Beginning Farm Tax Credit and Negotiations programs, the Farm and Ranch Project of Legal Aid of Nebraska, and the Nebraska Farmers Union Foundation.

Free Farm Succession Workshops Set for Jan. 24-25

January 4, 2024
Hosted in Stuart and Greeley, the workshops will cover basic estate and succession planning to assist farm and ranch families in creating or reviewing their plans.

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Historical farm labor data for Nebraska is available at USDA.

Northern Plains Farm Labor for 2023

November 30, 2023
The number of workers hired directly by farm operators on farms and ranches in the Northern Plains is down slightly from 2022, and wages are up across the board.

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To see if you qualify for USDA's new Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot Program, visit USDA.

USDA Launches Program to Address Workforce Challenges for Farmers, Ranchers

September 22, 2023
Ag employers can begin applying for a new pilot program that aims to help address workforce needs, promote a safe work environment, and support expansion of lawful migration pathways for workers.

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Featured speakers in this webinar include Marcelo Castillo, USDA research economist, Brian Lisonbee, Lisonbee Immigration Law attorney/owner, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Elliott Dennis, UNL assistant professor and livestock economist.

Seasonal Labor and Immigration for Livestock and Crop Producers

September 22, 2023
For ag producers interested in hiring seasonal labor, this webinar focuses on the state of ag labor and historical use, an overview of visa requirements, procedures, compliance and employer obligations.

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In a new CAP webinar, Lindsay Hastings, UNL Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, and research director of NHRI Leadership Mentoring, explains the relationship between managing diverse employees and employee engagement, and how they affect professional productivity and profitability.

Managing Diverse Talents and Perspectives in Professional and Personal Contexts

July 5, 2023
This webinar discusses the importance of family and employee dynamics to well-being and profitability, and examines research-based strategies for positively managing diverse talents and perspectives.

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Principles for Attracting and Retaining Quality Ag Employees Webinar — a Panel Discussion

November 30, 2021
Bob Milligan, professor emeritus from Cornell University, will discuss several key principles that can help farm and ranch owners improve their employee management skills and retain quality employees.

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