Human Resources http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/taxonomy/term/5145/more en Productivity is no accident http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/productivity-no-accident <div class="node-body article-body"><p>I was talking with a farmer a few months ago and asked him how many employees he had working there. “Oh, about half of them!” was his response. That’s a common sentiment among business managers, be it a farm with three employees or a manufacturing company with 3,000: Is everyone contributing to the cause?</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/productivity-no-accident" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/productivity-no-accident#comments Issues Management Wed, 16 Oct 2013 16:22:00 +0000 85882 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Three Generations in the Workforce http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/three-generations-workforce <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>During a recent ag lender training session in Charlotte, N.C., Ronnie Hucks, VP of AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, discussed an interesting observation. This is the first time in history that three generations have been in the workforce during the same time span. Let’s take this subject deeper and examine some of its implications. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/three-generations-workforce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/three-generations-workforce#comments Issues Employee Road Warrior Tue, 11 Jun 2013 20:26:00 +0000 79902 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com The Job Shadowing Experience http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/job-shadowing-experience <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In some of my recent columns I have been a bit critical of the educational system and today’s young people. I guess it must be that I am getting old and grouchy, and not playing enough basketball! </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/job-shadowing-experience" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/job-shadowing-experience#comments Issues Employee Road Warrior Tue, 07 Aug 2012 18:05:00 +0000 69461 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Is This Your Kid? The Top Half of the Bell Curve http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-kid-top-half-bell-curve <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>My last article focused on those students who fall in the lower half of the bell curve based upon my experiences as a guest lecturer this winter and spring and interaction with award-winning professors around the nation. Let me clarify that the lower half of the bell curve is not limited to just grade point average. The bell curve I am describing measures professionalism, which is a combination of grades, attitude, work experience and emotional intelligence skills of a well-rounded individual. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-kid-top-half-bell-curve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-kid-top-half-bell-curve#comments Issues Employee Road Warrior Tue, 29 May 2012 20:21:00 +0000 67821 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Is This Your Kid? The Bottom Half of the Bell Curve http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-kid-bottom-half-bell-curve <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Over the past few months I have guest lectured in agriculture and business classes at various universities and colleges. Of course, times are changing since my days in the classroom when I taught over 10,000 students at Virginia Tech and Cornell University. Today’s classrooms have an abundance of technology at one's disposal, for both professors and students with a wide range of interests and agendas.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/road-warrior">Road Warrior</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-kid-bottom-half-bell-curve" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/your-kid-bottom-half-bell-curve#comments Issues Employee Road Warrior Tue, 22 May 2012 15:45:00 +0000 67641 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm Labor Report: Hired Workers Down Nearly 5%, Wage Rates Up Nearly 2% From a Year Ago http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-labor-report-hired-workers-down-nearly-5-wage-rates-nearly-2-year-ago <div class="field-byline"> Source: USDA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There were 575,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the nation's farms and ranches during the week of January 8-14, 2012, down nearly 5% from a year ago. Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 748,000 for the following quarter's reference week of April 8-14, 2012. Because NASS did not publish estimates for the April 2011 quarter, no previous year comparison is available for April. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-labor-report-hired-workers-down-nearly-5-wage-rates-nearly-2-year-ago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-labor-report-hired-workers-down-nearly-5-wage-rates-nearly-2-year-ago#comments Issues Employee Thu, 17 May 2012 20:06:00 +0000 67551 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Returning to the Family Farm http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/returning-family-farm <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>I received an e-mail from a son who is contemplating the decision to return to the family farm. In this case, the son had graduated from a university with a degree in agribusiness. He is bright and has completed two successful internships with a cooperative and a business outside of agriculture. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/returning-family-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/returning-family-farm#comments Issues Employee Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:40:00 +0000 66081 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Know What's In Proposed Child Labor Law http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/know-whats-proposed-child-labor-law <div class="field-byline"> Source: Purdue University </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Parents of children who work on the family farm or are in agriculture education programs should thoroughly review proposed changes to child labor laws so they fully understand how the new rules could affect them, advises Bill Field, a Purdue farm safety specialist. "Because the proposed rule changes are 51 pages long, I don't know that many people understand exactly what's being presented," Field says. "The changes not only hold the potential for positive but also significant negative effects to youth less than 16 years old who seek employment or are currently employed in agriculture."</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/know-whats-proposed-child-labor-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/know-whats-proposed-child-labor-law#comments Issues Family Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:42:00 +0000 64961 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Migrant Labor on Farms Faces Daunting Regulations http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/migrant-labor-farms-faces-daunting-regulations <div class="node-body article-body"><p>For years, producers and state agriculture officials have warned that federal laws governing farm workers – often in a three-way tug-of-war between farms’ need for migrant workers in the field, security concerns in the wake of 9/11, and U.S. communities and states claiming heavy social/financial burdens imposed on them by illegal aliens numbering over 11 million – are heavy-handed and laden with unexpected consequences. Until recently, those warnings have largely been ignored.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/migrant-labor-farms-faces-daunting-regulations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/migrant-labor-farms-faces-daunting-regulations#comments Issues Hiring Tue, 13 Dec 2011 21:00:00 +0000 62811 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm Labor Report: Hired Workers Down 1%, Wage Rates Up Fractionally http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-labor-report-hired-workers-down-1-wage-rates-fractionally <div class="field-byline"> Source: USDA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There were 1,141,000 hired workers on the nation's farms and ranches during the week of October 9-15, 2011, down 1% from a year ago. Of these hired workers, 828,000 were hired directly by farm operators. Agricultural service employees on farms and ranches made up the remaining 313,000 workers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-labor-report-hired-workers-down-1-wage-rates-fractionally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/issues/farm-labor-report-hired-workers-down-1-wage-rates-fractionally#comments Issues Employee Thu, 17 Nov 2011 21:43:00 +0000 62311 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com