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Hiring Practices for Farm Operations: How to Hire the Right Employees

        Agricultural operations may not always take the time to do simple background checks or provide employees with the proper initial training that can cause huge issues down the road.  Recent news has highlighted what can go wrong when agricultural operations hire employees with limited knowledge of agricultural practices. The University of Maryland will host a webinar focused on proper hiring and training techniques for agricultural operations on July 12 starting at noon (EST).

        The webinar will show that taking the time to properly screen potential candidates, properly train those new employees, and provide continuing training for new practices to existing employees, the agricultural operation can limit potential hiring and training issues. This webinar will feature Paul Goeringer, Extension legal specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland, who will discuss proper screening and training techniques that agricultural operations should consider.

        β€œA growing number of people looking to get started in agriculture often do not come from an ag background,” said Goeringer.  β€œAgricultural operations need to make sure they are hiring good fits for their operations as well as recognizing they need to offer training to ensure that employees keep up with the latest skills to work effectively on the farm.”

        The webinar will take place on July 12, 2019, at 12 pm (EST).  The webinar is free to participants but does require registration prior to the event.  Register at  For more information, contact Paul Goeringer at (301) 405-3541 or

Image shows dairy cattle eating feed.  Image by Edwin Remsberg.

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