Want to learn more from those who have been there? Employers and employees shared comments on finding and keeping quality help through an online agriculture forum. Here are some of those suggestions:

  • “A bonus is a good way to show someone that you appreciate what they do, but a ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ go a whole lot further.”
  • “I'm treated basically as a partner. My boss actually listens to me and considers what I say to be important and just as worthy of consideration as anyone else's info.”
  • “Don't let the hired help do only the dirty work.”
  • “If I make a mistake I'm never looked down upon or treated as a child; the boss knows that we're all human.”
  • “Be generous with compliments. It doesn't cost much and pays dividends.”
  • “Things work more smoothly when employer and employee understand each other's strengths and weaknesses.”
  • “Let employees in on your plans; they need to know what's going on and what's next on the list.”
  • “I treat my employee as a friend and a partner, after all we are in this together — we both need this to succeed.”
  • “An attractive, well-equipped and well-run farm owned by a farmer known as a community leader and an all around nice guy usually gets the best help.”
  • “Pay a wage that a provider can feed his family on, some people will take a pay cut to farm, but won't make the family suffer.”