University of Minnesota Extension, in collaboration with the Minnesota Dairy Initiative Central Region, have announced six informal conversations on a variety of topics relevant to Minnesota farmers.  Each Zoom discussion will be held from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.

Jan. 13 — “Hiring the Next Generation of Youth on Your Farm” Gen. Z (those born after 1997) are beginning to make their presence known on worksites across the country. Employers and producers have mounting questions on how best to hire, communicate, work with, and train these newcomers. Learn what separates Gen. Z from other generations and how you can best utilize their unique skill set in your operation.  

Jan. 27 — “Creating an Inclusive Culture on the Farm” Understanding how different cultures and perspectives can impact communication on your farm is important. This may be different ethnicities, religions, gender, or age, but being aware of these differences plays a role in overcoming them to be a better communicator. This discussion will go over some of the differences and strategies to overcome them.

Feb. 10 — “Multiple Perspectives to Farm Transition” Farm transfer and estate planning is a process and can take years to complete. In this webinar, a panel of dairy producers describe the approaches, conversations, resources, and experiences which have helped their farm and family prepare for farm transition planning.

Feb. 24 — “You Did It! Setting and Achieving Farm Goals” What will your farm look like next month, five years from now, or 20 years down the road? Tips, tools and action planning to help set and achieve SMART goals for your farm. Learn how to use the SWOT and SOCS analysis systems, along with business planning tips.

March 10 — “Alternative Forages: Do they fit your program?” In this session, Jared Goplen and Nathan Drewitz will discuss some key details to consider in order to maximize forage production and quality. 

March 24 — “Win, Win, Win: Improving calf performance and animal welfare” Dr. Marcia Endres will share the latest options in animal group housing and discuss their impact on animal welfare, performance and farm management.

These educational discussions are free to attend. Registration is required by noon on the day before the event at https://z.umn.edu/CentralWDS. All sessions will be recorded and emailed out to participants to watch at their own convenience. The event brochure is available at https://z.umn.edu/WDSCentral.

Questions should be directed to Dana Adams at adam1744@umn.edu, (320) 204-2968; or Leah Bischof at leahbischof@gmail.com, (320) 429-0611.

This article was submitted by University of Minnesota Extension.

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