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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Have questions about hiring, retaining, and engaging top notch employees in your dairy operation? PDPW’s Dairy Human Resources workshop can help!
Western Iowa Dairy Alliance will be hosting the workshop, titled“Developing a Team of Eagles: Hire, Retain and Engage Quality Employees” in Orange City at the Sioux County Extension office in the downstairs meeting rooms. The workshop will take place on
Friday, February 3, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This training provides a basis for creating an effective, productive hiring and on-boarding system that will retain top talent (eagles) and repel the rest (turkeys). Participants will walk away from this workshop with information and tools that will help them recruit and hire the best, develop a team of eagles, and engage and retain their employees.
Attendees will also hear from a panel of dairy producers on how they hire, retain, and grow employees. Check out their website, wiadairy.com, to view the workshop brochure, or contact Jenna at info@ wiadairy.com for more information.
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My first week as the Northwest Iowa Extension Dairy Specialist is under my belt and it has been a whirlwind. First below zero temperatures for many years kinda took my breath away.

After two weeks without our furniture, it came on Monday and my bride is much happier. Each evening I’m helping unpack boxes and attending to the “honey do” jobs she has lined up for me.

At the office, I can’t say thanks often enough to Beth Doran- she has been a great help and is making introductions. She had worked with the Start To Farm series and I attended the first program of the new year over at Dordt College. John Olthoff is the campus coordinator and made sure all the technology worked as it was supposed to.

The topic was communication in a farm business and Melissa O’Rourke did a great job of presenting the information and guiding attendees to think about how communication effects the dairies they work on.

The next program in the series will be on January 26 at Dordt College. Call the office at 712.737.4230 for more information or to register.

If you don’t already get the hay auction report weekly from Rock Valley, here is the url:

https://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/sf_gr310.txt

 

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