Ohio State offering a dairy farm labor management course

Farmer milking cows
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Dairy farm labor is one of the major costs of production, and farm labor is regularly described as an area of concern by dairy farmers. So, Ohio State University is providing a certificate course to assist dairy farm owners and managers with labor management on farms.

This course will provide opportunities for participants to examine labor costs, define labor needs, examine hiring processes, promote relationships among farm workers, increase retention and identify ways to promote employee well-being.


This five-week course will be held weekly on Tuesdays, 12:30-2 p.m., in January and February. All attendees will be registered with ScarletCanvas, an online platform by Ohio State University. Materials relative to each topic will be posted there for attendees.

Presenters from Ohio State University Extension, Michigan State University Extension, Iowa State University Extension, Cornell University Extension and private industry will teach the program.

Weekly assignments will be given, and interactive discussion will be important for the success of the program. Certificates will be provided to participants completing this program.


The course will cover topics including labor management benchmarks, developing job descriptions, recruiting employees, immigrant labor, conducting interviews, building success from day one, building long-term relationships and team meetings conflict management, labor laws and farm safety.

Registration details. The cost of the program is $75 and is limited to the first 30 people who register. For more information, visit https://dairy.osu.edu/ or contact Chris Zoller, OSU Extension Educator, at 330-827-0249. The registration deadline is Dec. 11.


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(Chris Zoller is an agricultural extension educator in Tuscarawas County and a member of the OSU Extension DairyExcel team.)



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