Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) is interested in understanding the challenges agricultural producers face in recruiting, hiring, retaining, compensating, motivating, disciplining, and firing farm workers. To assist in understanding the issues and designing potential solutions, KAP conducted an online survey of their members to understand their human resource (HR) challenges.
Eighty-one employers, representing 1046 workers, identified recruitment and managing performance most often as human resource (HR) challenges on their farm. Respondents also identified keeping qualified workers and creating policies that meet legal requirements as HR challenges. Most survey respondents did not seek help for HR issues. Mid-sized and larger farms did not know help was available or where to look for help. Smaller farms felt that HR help was not needed. Two in three
producers indicated that they were willing to pay for HR services and training. However, obtaining value for money was a concern for mid-sized and larger farms.
Producers indicated that they prefer to learn about HR topics on-line and via in-person training. They also said that they had an interest in participating in worker training or internship programs that help workers learn the skills needed to work in agriculture. Survey respondents suggested that KAP had a role to play in coordinating online and in-person HR training, as well as identifying HR service providers and
providing a dedicated firm or person to work with farm business regarding HR challenges.
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