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Management

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

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Dairy producers and industry came together in Denver, Colorado, June 6-8 for the Global Dairy Experience.

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Each summer, dairy producers and their employees work through days of extreme heat and humidity. In recent years, the “dog days” of summer with high heat and humidity levels have started earlier, and dangerous conditions are occurring with a greater frequency in many dairy regions of the country.

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Labor continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing dairy producers across the nation, and recent legislation is adding more pressure. An increasing number of state legislatures have passed agriculture overtime laws in the last few years reducing the overtime threshold to 40 hours, including California, New York, Washington and Oregon.

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Recruitment is marketing. Today, the greatest recruitment tool you have is the job satisfaction of your workforce. You also must “get out there” by making recruitment a continuous process and using and expanding your network.

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Many farm families allow children to earn a wage from their labor. These early dollars earned are often placed in a savings account or a “529” college savings plan. However, Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are an interesting alternative that should be considered for these funds.

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