Farm Personnel Management

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North Central Regional Publication
Originally published by the University of Minnesota, this publication has been adapted for regional distribution

Hired employees, like other resources, will make a farm business more profitable only if they are needed and are managed effectively. This publication shows how to help employers figure out their needs before hiring. It talks about developing a job description and goes through the hiring process step by step. A chapter on management discusses the many roles managers take on, from coach to disciplinarian. The final chapter talks about labor regulations and records, including withholding taxes.

Several charts illustrate how the learning and communicating processes work between employers and employees. Also included are several helpful forms such as an Employment Agreement form that outlines the job terms to avoid later disagreements.


  • Delegating responsibility
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Job training
  • Labor recruitment
  • Permanent employees
  • Seasonal employees
  • Temporary employees


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