February 4, 2010
Contacts: listed at end
Farm Labor Workshops in Chazy, Canton, Burrville;
Sessions Set for Dairy Managers and Direct Market Managers
Northern New York — Do your employees make you money or cost you money?
A question every employer asks, particularly in economic downturns. The
Cornell Cooperative Extension associations of Northern New York have
organized separate workshops to help dairy farm managers and direct
market farm managers address employee recruitment and selection, labor
regulations, training and employee expectations.
Thomas R. Maloney, senior extension associate with Cornell University’s
Department of Applied Economics and Management, will speak at each
“Farm employees are a critical component to making farms function
efficiently and productively,” Maloney says. “Good management starts
with hiring the right people and then training and supporting them to
maximize their contributions to the farm business or farm market.”
The workshops are split into two sections:
• 12noon-3pm sessions will focus on management of dairy farm labor
• 6-9pm sessions will address labor management for non-dairy farm
manager and growers with employees who sell direct to consumers at farm
stands, farmers’ markets and elsewhere.
The workshop dates and sites are:
• Tuesday, February 23, Chazy, NY, WH Miner Agricultural Research
Institute, 1034 Miner Farm Road, 518-962-4810 x409 to register
• Wednesday, February 24, Canton, NY, Cornell Cooperative Extension of
St. Lawrence County Extension Learning Farm, 2043 State Highway 68,
315-379-9192, 518-483-7403 to register
• Thursday, February 25, Burrville, NY, Farm Credit East, 25417 NY Route
315-376-5270 to register.
Farm Business Management Educator Jessica Prosper with Cornell
Cooperative Extension of Franklin County says, “Farmers and market
managers attending these workshops will learn ways to build, refresh or
improve their plans for dealing with essential employment issues and
opportunities, such as retaining good employees, giving incentives to
keep employees motivated and efficient, and writing job descriptions.
The workshops will also cover the state and federal employment
regulations that all employers must meet.”
Registration is encouraged. See contact numbers above. To learn more
about agriculture in Northern New York, contact your local Cornell
Cooperative Extension office or visit the website at