Are Fewer Employees Entering into Agriculture?

Unfortunately, the short answer is yes. In fact, in 2020, more than $175 billion of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) came from the agriculture, fishing, and forestry industries. These sectors are responsible for employing more than 2.3 million people. The average age of the agriculture employee is 60. Therefore, it will not be long… Read more »

Companies are Updating Their Employee Benefits: Is Your Business Keeping Up?

These days, job seekers are looking at more than just the salary when considering agricultural positions. The benefits offered are just as important. Benefits strategies are constantly evolving in response to workplace changes (e.g., working from home or flexible work schedules). Is your ag company keeping up? Here is what you need to know about… Read more »

How to Become a Better Listener as an Executive

Agricultural executives play a large part in the success of your company. Hiring an executive who has excellent listening skills or is willing to become a better listener is crucial to propelling your organization forward continuously. These tips will help executives cultivate their listening skills. Everyone Deserves Respect Even though executives are at the top… Read more »

Are Your Employees Following OSHA Regulations?

The safety of your employees is undoubtedly a top priority. The ag industry carries with it more dangers than many other sectors. As a result, extra precautions must be taken to ensure all employees are following OSHA regulations. Follow these tips to make sure that your safety program is effective and being observed as instructed.… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Contingency Staffing for Agriculture

Contingent workers are an often underutilized workforce that offers incredible flexibility to small agriculture businesses. Does it fit with yours? This is your guide to everything you need to know about contingency staffing for agriculture. What are Contingent Workers? Contingent workers can be freelancers, contractors, independent consultants, etc. They are not direct employees of your… Read more »

How to Keep Your Employees Focused During the Summer Months

Summer is known for pool time, cookouts, and beach vacations! This fun time of year can understandably make it difficult for employees to stay focused on their jobs, and productivity has a tendency to tank. What can you do to keep your employees focused and motivated during this time of year? Use these tips to… Read more »

Soft Skills Needed as an Agriculture Executive

There’s no question that hard skills are crucial because they show employees have expertise in agriculture. However, it takes more than hard skills to be successful as an ag executive. It is the soft skills that set great candidates apart from good ones. The main reason is that unlike hard skills, soft skills are not… Read more »

How to Fix a Broken Interview Process

For agriculture companies, the interview process is crucial in hiring because it is the stage where you get to know your candidates face-to-face (or over the phone or video chat). It is the final step before you take the leap and hire the applicant who seems to be the best fit for the open position.… Read more »

How to Encourage Your Employees to Stay Safe and Healthy Outside of Work

There’s no question creating a work environment that promotes employee health while on the job is important. However, the mental and physical well-being of employees outside of work has a direct impact on their productivity when on the job. Healthy team members take less leave, are more focused, less likely to leave, and most importantly,… Read more »

Why Communication is the Key to Safety

Employees’ safety and wellbeing are the top priorities of every ag company. June is National Safety Month. This is the perfect time to reevaluate your program and make any necessary changes to increase the safety of your operations. There are several components that go into creating a safe working environment. It takes effective communication skills… Read more »