FARM Workforce Development

Developing a Professional and Responsible Work Culture
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Providing Guidance & Best Practices

FARM is currently developing the next component of the FARM Program: FARM Workforce Development.

This new initiative will provide dairies across the country with guidance and best management practices around human resources (hiring, training and supervision) and worker health and safety. The expanded suite of educational materials will help farmers who want basic human resources tools and safety practices for their employees to increase worker engagement, reduce employee turnover and manage liabilities from the safety risks of dairy farming.

Expert and stakeholder input is essential for ensuring a robust program. The FARM Program has assembled a Workforce Development Committee comprised of farmers, cooperative staff, academics, subject matter experts and customer representatives. Members from the Committee participate in Human Resources and Safety Working Groups tasked with reviewing, recommending and providing counsel on program materials. The FARM team is pleased to share initial resources with additional materials to be released in 2019.


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Featured Resources

Human Resources Reference Manual – Spanish


Safety Reference Manual


Human Resources Reference Manual


Human Resources Templates – Spanish Version


Human Resources Templates – PDF Version


Human Resources State Legal Fact Sheets for Dairy Farms

50 state-by-state fact sheets for human resources laws applicable to dairy farms.

Select your state to download the corresponding fact sheet.

Download the Federal Fact Sheet