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Manage dairy employees, establish farm protocols, take on milk marketing, and become more confident in your farm financials.

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An employee handbook is an important document that all farms should have. The purpose of a handbook is to outline the expectations the farm has for their employees, as well as including rules and policies. Although the details of the contents of the handbook will vary from farm to farm, there are many online resources that can help your farm put together a handbook with the essential information. Here are a few employment policies to include in your handbook that are particularly beneficial to dairy farms.

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Klaas Martens of Penn Yan, New York, and Roman Stoltzfoos of Kinzers, Pennsylvania, are well-known leaders in organic farming circles. Both run diversified farming operations. Stoltzfoos, along with son Dwight, farms on 220 acres, raising livestock and selling value-added dairy products.

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The keynote session for the 19th annual Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Association (NODPA) Field Days focused on the massive changes seen in the organic dairy market over the past few years.

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“Work/life balance” comes up for many young farmers, but it’s time to change our language to “choices we make to manage time” and take action.

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Of all the changes evident in the workplace of 2020, perhaps the most glaring is that most of us find ourselves surrounded today by an unprecedented five generations of workers.

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What is your number one challenge in the next five years? Is it commodity prices, trade wars or low yields? Or is it how you manage your operation, the resources available to you and your use of technology?

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