HR and Safety Management Resources

This page contains links to external resources on employee safety and human resources management.

Human Resources Management

  • Human Resources Management for Farm Business Office Guide 
    Manitoba Agriculture
    The guide explains the process of building an effective HR plan that can reduce risk, reduce turnover and improve the quality of people you hire. Case studies use real-life examples to show how farms have successfully worked through common issues.
  • PRO-DAIRY Program
    Cornell University
    This program has a variety of information and templates available for dairy farms. These range for tips on how to establish your farm’s mission and values, to developing employee loyalty, and a worksheet for job descriptions.
  • Agriculture HR Management Resources & Articles
    University of Wisconsin – Extension
    A site devoted to  aggregated resources and articles from a variety of sources.
  • Labor Management Resources & Articles
    Michigan State University – Dairy Extension
    Various articles and resources on dairy labor management.
  • Employee Management Articles. Templates & Links
    University of Minnesota – Extension
    Articles, templates, and links to other resources specific to employee management on dairy farms.
  • The Balance
    An abundance of templates and resources for HR management for business owners
  • Iowa State Extension Dairy Team 
    a series of articles on employee management, ranging from recruiting, interviewing, job descriptions, and orientation.

Fit Small Business has a detailed guide to creating an employee handbook. While it is not specific to dairies or agriculture, it provides a useful introductory guide.

Safety Management

  • Farm Safety Checklist 
    New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)
    Created by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH), the farm safety checklist is a complete checklist that can be used to conduct a self-administered audit.
  • Farm Safety Checks 
    UMASH
    Quick monthly review to identify and fix potential hazards before they cause harm to your family and employees – and your bottom line. Each month, Farm Safety Check will focus on a different topic, offering checklists and tips to help identify hazards, along with resources to remedy any problems.
  • Farm Hazard Inspection Checklists 
    UW Extension

As part of the OSHA LEP programs in Wisconsin and New York, various resources were developed to guide dairy farms:

  • Cultivate Safety
     The National Farm Medicine Center and National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety designed the Cultivate Safety website to provide easy access to agricultural safety information and resources for farmers, ranchers, supervisors and media.
  • Marshfield Clinic
     Child Ag Injury Prevention Workshops; 2020 dates TBD.
  • Youth Farm Safety
     University of Vermont
    The Youth Farm Safety Project is a farm safety resource for children and teens – and the adults who work with and care for them.

Training and Development

  • Dairy Coach, Tom Wall. Based out of Green Bay, Tom trains employees and helps dairy managers implement simple systems that work.
  • New York On-Site Trainings Available to New York producers, the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH) receives grant funding to provide farm safety services at little or no cost to the farm owner. This includes on-farm safety surveys, on-farm safety trainings, and more.

  • AgSafe has a variety of programs and services for producers, ranging from safety certificate programs to sexual harassment prevention training.
  • Lectures: HR Issues for the Farm and Ranch
    OK State
    A 3-part lecture series covering various HR issues.
  • Training and Education
    Wester Center for Agricultural Health and Safety
    A variety of training and workshop programs ranging in topics from heat and illness prevention, to sexual harassment prevention, to equipment safety, and more.

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