Workshops for Farmers: Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills

From UNH Cooperative Extension, a 4-session labor management series held at the Urban Forestry Center in Portsmouth:


2017 Labor Management Series, Portsmouth NH – Developing Leadership and Human Resource Management Skills for Farmers

January 31, February 7, 14 and 28th

Urban Forestry Center
Portsmouth, NH

An interactive, four-session, workshop to better understand labor management issues: employment law, employee training, goal-setting, employee recruitment and job description writing. Customize your training by attending all four sessions or choose only those that are applicable to you and your farm. Farmers of all knowledge levels welcome to help enhance the educational experience for all.

Session One, January 31: Hiring and Compensation Laws

Hiring and compensation, legal workers classification, tax forms, workers comp, unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, working in the US, handbooks and contracts.

Session Two, February 7: The Business of Labor – Understanding the Full Cost of Employees

Setting the pace, efficiency in body motion and tools, setting employees up for success, building effective crews, creating a productive work environment, full cost of hiring an employee, hiring employees vs. making equipment purchasing decisions.

Session Three, February 14: On Farm Leadership & Communication

Systems in managing people, employee satisfaction & productivity, communication, performance management skills, methods of corporate America.

Session Four, February 28: Hiring & Retaining

Finding good employees, interviewing, effective training & on-boarding, developing effective job descriptions, and setting up expectations. Whole Farm Revenue Program and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

This material is based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2015-49200-24225.


To register:


  • Urban Forestry Center – 45 Elwyn Rd., Portsmouth NH 03801 View Map


$25 per session / $30 at door – lunch included



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