EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Exploring the Use of Virtual Human Resource Services to Improve Farm Profitability (2016)
Co-Learning Plan - 2016
Authors: Kristine Ranger, The Learning Connection; Bill Knapp, Michigan Virtual University; Jodi Schafer, Human Resource Management Services, LLC
Progressive farm managers often find themselves managing people as much or more than they manage animals and equipment. This dramatic change for farm owner/managers is very challenging because most have little experience and no education in the management of critical human resources. Rural economic development and the future success of Michigan farms depends on the availability of resources and technical assistance that is readily available to these operations. This Co-Learning Plan will explore the use of Virtual Human Resources Services for dairy farmers, including the use of phone coaching, virtual farm orientation or onboarding courses, the use of employee and employer handbooks and templates, improved hiring practices, and the need for Spanish versions of HR material.