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March into Better Management through Labor Ready Trainings

By Nicole Waters / February 3, 2020

Management skills are not something people are born with, but are learned with time and practice. With labor as one of the largest on-farm costs, it is wise to invest in people and improve your management skills. Are you managing your labor well? Our Labor Ready project works to ensure that new farmers and advancing…

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Learn to Be a Better Farm Manager with Labor Ready Training

By Nicole Waters / November 20, 2019

Managing people is a skill that can be learned, much like operating equipment or growing crops. Do you expect yourself, or your employees, to learn those other skills on your own? Most people are not born with people management skills and benefit from coaching. Labor is one of your farm’s biggest expenses — how well…

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Lake Ontario’s New Generation of Hispanic Employees, Future Leaders, and Innovators

By Nicole Waters / July 24, 2019

It was a sunny and gorgeous Saturday afternoon on July 13 for the 5th annual CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program’s Hispanic Summer Fruit Tour successfully conducted in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program.  The beautiful weather added to the high turnout, but in truth, Mario Miranda Sazo is the reason more than one hundred…

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Labor-Ready Trainings Support Farm Management Skills

By Nicole Waters / April 2, 2019

The first three months of 2019 have been a whirlwind of activity for the Labor Ready Project. In this retrospect, Nicole Waters shares how the project’s recent trainings supported both advanced beginning farmers and farm managers in business and management skills. The accumulation of months of outreach and preparation came to fruition during March for…

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Labor Ready Project Offering Two Upcoming Events

By Kacey Deamer / February 18, 2019

The Cornell Small Farms Program’s “Labor Ready Farmer” project works to ensure that new farmers and advancing employees in our region can access high-quality information, supportive networks and proven tactics essential to effective management of labor. These efforts support new farmers scaling up and Latino agricultural employees to move up the ladder of management on existing…

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Save Money, Retain Valuable Staff and Increase On-Farm Efficiency

By Kacey Deamer / January 14, 2019

Time is valuable. Time is money. And time is of the essence at the height of the busy season! We know that the ability to manage people effectively is a critical skill for a successful farm business. An efficient crew can make or break the bottom line during harvest. So why not invest in your…

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Learning from the Best

By Kat McCarthy / July 2, 2018

What do Wegmans, a regional grocery store chain, and Salesforce, a software company, have in common? These two organizations both have held places on the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, and have stories to share that can help you on your farm. Does your farm resemble either of these enterprises? Perhaps you are already focused on learning from others who excel at what they do. Or maybe…

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Complete the NY Labor Survey for Farm Owners and Managers

By Carli Fraccarolli / March 27, 2018

Do you own or manage a farm in New York? Please take the Survey of Farm Labor Management Practices. Your feedback will help the Labor Ready Farmer’s Project develop educational programs and tools to improve farm labor management skills and decision-making. Participants can enter to win either a $100 gift certificate to Tractor Supply or a…

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Survey of Farm Labor Management Practices

By Carli Fraccarolli / January 30, 2018

Do you manage employees on a farm? Do you need help recruiting and retaining good staff? Please take this brief survey and share important feedback that will help shape our new Labor Ready Farmer project. Growing a great workforce can result in long-term benefits for your business. Share your management challenges and successes to help us better understand…

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Labor Ready

By Nicole Waters / December 20, 2017

Project Lead: Nicole Waters Does your farm have or need employees? Then you need managerial skills. Time is valuable. Time is money. Your ability to manage people is crucial to your success. Fact: Wages, salaries, and contract labor expenses represent more than 40 percent of the cost of production in labor intensive crops like fruits,…

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