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Attend Farm Labor Seminar During World Dairy Expo

Friday, September 28, 2018   (0 Comments)
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As part of the 2018 World Dairy Expo, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, in conjunction with farm industry partners and representatives, will host a seminar focusing on farm labor.

“Farm Labor: The Now and How of Getting the Job Done,” will be held Friday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon, in Mendota Room 3, located in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The seminar, which will open with welcoming remarks from DATCP Secretary Sheila Harsdorf, will be divided into two sessions:

  • Session 1 (9-10:20 a.m.): “Viable Solutions for Today’s Farm Labor Challenges,” will include a panel of industry professionals focusing on issues affecting farm owners/employers, such as employee/labor force needs; employee transportation needs; apprenticeship programs and the “next generation” of farmers.
  • The second session (10:30 a.m.-noon): “Streamlining Dairy Industry Labor in Lean Economic Times,” will feature a panel of dairy industry producers and lenders discussing a variety of topics such as employee retention and engagement; the impact of robotics on farm labor; and farm labor finances/economic realities. Deb Ihm, director of agriculture at Southwest Tech, will moderate the session.

Collaborative partners assisting with the seminar are: Wisconsin Farmers Union, Dairy Business Association, Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, Dairy Girl Network, UW-Extension, and Southwest Tech.

For more information, contact Rick Hummell, DATCP Public Information Officer, 608-224-5051 or rick.hummell@wi.gov.

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