Learn more about The National Dairy FARM Program Workforce Development Program
The National Dairy FARM Program Workforce Development (WFD) program area provides dairies across the country with guidance and best management practices around human resources (hiring, training and supervision) and worker health and safety. FARM WFD which launched in 2018 by gathering expert and stakeholder input from the entire dairy value chain – farmers, cooperative staff, academics and other workforce development experts ensured that FARM Workforce Development materials are diverse and relevant for today’s dairy industry. The purpose of FARM’s efforts in the WFD program area is to deliver tangible and meaningful value to on-farm safety and management of dairy’s workforce. In 2020, FARM will introduce an on-farm evaluation tool focused on assessing human resource and work safety standards on individual dairies.
FARM works to provide an expanded suite of educational materials that will help farmers seeking basic human resources tools and safety practices information. These resources aim to increase worker engagement, reduce employee turnover and manage liabilities from the safety risks of dairy farming. These materials include:
The FARM Safety Reference Manual provides relevant and useful information on workplace safety and health. It helps dairy owners and employees develop and implement a robust and practical safety program. The manual is a collaboration between the Idaho Dairymen’s Association, the Idaho Milk Processors Association and NMPF.
The FARM Human Resources Reference Manual helps dairy farm owners, managers and other relevant staff develop an on-farm HR program. An effective HR program supports a positive and safe work environment that helps attract and retain a professional, high-quality and engaged workforce. A downloadable, customizable set of HR templates and a sample employee handbook accompany the FARM HR Manual.
Human Resources State Legal Fact Sheets for Dairy Farms include 50 state fact sheets for human resources laws applicable to dairy farms. There is also a fact sheet for federal human resources laws.
Hiring Tips for Dairy Farms outlines best practice tips for the hiring process with the goal being to hire individuals with the right qualifications and an honest interest in working at your farm.
These resources and many more can be found here on the National Dairy FARM Program website.
Open to all U.S. dairy farmers, co-ops and processors, the National Dairy FARM (Farmers Assuring Responsible Management) Program works with dairy farmers, the producer community and industry partners to show customers and consumers that the dairy industry is taking the very best care of cows and the environment, producing safe, wholesome milk and adhering to the highest standards of workforce development while recognizing there is always room for improvement. FARM creates a culture that inspires our dairy community to work every day toward positive change. Strong farm management practices paired with smart decisions are ethical obligations of any dairy business and are vital to ensure long-term success. To learn more about FARM, visit www.nationaldairyfarm.com.