Completed Project Report


Regional Workshops to Improve Missouri’s Farm Labor Management

  • Award Amount: $49,488
  • Regional Center: North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center
  • Grant Program: 2018 Education Projects

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Project Overview

This project developed and delivered regional, in-person farm labor management workshops to help producers reduce human and legal risks by improving their human resource management skills and compliance. Participants gained information and tools necessary to sustain their farms’ viability by improvement in recruitment, hiring and management of employees.

Through multiple needs assessments, Missouri producers indicated that finding and keeping good employees is their top business challenge. In recent years, Missouri farmers have scaled their operations and added employees without formalizing their farms’ human resource functions. The project helped farms compete in today’s tight labor market to understand the complex labor compliance environment.

This project reached 52 participants at workshops in four Missouri regions. Workshop topics included workforce trends, effective supervision and communication, recruitment, training, state and federal regulatory compliance and recordkeeping. Participants received the Missouri Farm Labor Guide, which included resources, templates and checklists on farm labor management. Attendees left the workshop better equipped with labor management knowledge and action items to implement new policies and procedures on their farms.  Additional outreach of the projects educational curriculum occurred by other meetings and webinars to reach an additional 178 producers after the workshops.

Number of Participants: 245

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