Labor Webinar Series

Are you struggling to attract and retain workers for your farm operation? Your situation is not unlike many in farming today. Finding quality employees is challenging and unless you adapt to the new workforce patterns, attracting, hiring, and retaining workers will become more difficult.

That’s why Ohio Farm Bureau Federation hosted a series of 30-minute webinars that provide tips and tools on employee retention, recruitment, the H-2A system, organizational culture, and labor-saving technology ideas.

The webinars are available to view on demand. Use the registration page for each topic to access the recording.

Webinar Descriptions

Aug. 31: Creative ways to recruit farm employees.

Ohio farmer Marcia Ruff and industry expert Michael Hoffman share creative ways to attract top talent to your farm. Ruff shares steps their farm operation is taking to recruit farm employees and Hoffman talks about using the KSAM method to evaluate potential candidates, allowing you to hire the best employees for your operation.

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Sept. 28: Creative ways to retain farm employees.

In this 30-minute webinar, industry leaders discuss the importance of culture and employee growth opportunities, communication, and creative incentives to help retain the best employees for your farm operation. You don’t want to miss this informative webinar.

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 Oct. 26: Using the H2-A program to address seasonal and small farm labor needs.

Have you ever considered using the H2-A program to help fill your farm labor needs? In this webinar, Ohio farmers Cameron and Mandy Way share how they are using the H2-A program to fill seasonal farm labor needs, and Sarah Black helps you understand the benefits and the ins and outs of the H2-A program. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the H2-A program and if it’s the right option for your farm.

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Nov. 30: The importance of culture in recruiting and retaining farm employees.

Culture is an important factor in attracting and retaining farm employees. In this webinar, Ohio farmer Mark Ruff and industry consultant Michael Hoffman outline the importance of a positive culture in employee engagement. Ruff also shares simple steps and examples of their farm culture and how it is helping them attract and retain farm employees.

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Additional labor resources

These webinars are part of a new collection of labor resources created by Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide designed to help position farm businesses as an employer of choice in this tough labor market. See all the resources at

Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Farm Labor Resources
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Ernie Welch

Van Wert County Farm Bureau

Strong communities
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Knowing that horticulture is under the agriculture umbrella and having Farm Bureau supporting horticulture like it does the rest of ag is very important.
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Jared Hughes

Groovy Plants Ranch

Groovy Plants Ranch
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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