To achieve profitability and business viability, dairy farms have expanded in size to take advantage of economies of scale and to increase efficiency. This results in the need to hire non-family employees. The unemployment rate is low in the region, so immigrant workers fill a critical need. Dairy owners express respect and appreciation of employees, but also express frustration with the language barrier. As owners, they recognize responsibility for stewardship of land, cattle, and employees. Owners requested farm safety and worker well-being training for all employees to reduce risk of injury and to promote preventive health practices. Many owners have little formal education regarding human resource management, including worker safety, and are eager to access training and trainer resources on these topics. To meet this need in the four state region, Extension educators from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota will collaborate to provide farm safety training resources.
Number of Participants: 619
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