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The secret to keeping good people: Lifelong learning

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Farm employee development may cost money and time, but it pays in long-lasting relationships.

Are you a lifelong learner?  Do you encourage employee development as well?

Consider the costs in time, money, and productivity for recruiting and onboarding new employees.  One solution is to keep the awesome employees you have by developing and nurturing your current staff.  Addressing employee development is just another way to aid retention and foster long-lasting employee relationships.

Frequent training is essential for candidates, employees, and employers to continually learn and take on new challenges.  “Education and training” is also one of the top motivational approaches ag employers use to keep employees challenged and productive in their roles ( HR Review).

Continued learning allows employees and candidates to stay up-to-date on the latest information and technology, no small task on today’s farm operations.

Get growing

It’s always important to grow as a person not only in your personal life but also in your professional career. Conferences, continuing education, and other training opportunities are a great way to learn and grow in your career, but also for your employees, and your business. 

Truly learning, versus just being trained, makes the difference.  Those who make the most of training and educational opportunities are often highly successful while being adaptable to change in their personal life and professional career. offers several continuing education opportunities to aid in lifelong learning, stay up-to-date and motivate. events are significant because they are specifically tailored to the agricultural industry.  The Ag & Food HR Roundtable is the premier North American event for managers, HR and educational professionals that provides relevant content examining recruitment and retention specifically within the ag and food industry. This event will take place August 7-9, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. also hosts webinars throughout the year; these hour-long educational webinars offer insight on a range of hot topics related to recruitment, retention, and careers in agriculture.

To find out more about educational opportunities, visit and click on the “Conferences” or “Webinars/Workshops” tab under the drop-down menu.  Email with questions.

The opinions of the author are not necessarily those of Farm Futures or Farm Progress. 

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