Conference speakers will cover farm worker laws, employee training and motivation

Dairies are finding new ways to hire qualified employees and properly train, compensate and motivate them for their work. To help producers in that quest, the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin will offer three experts on the topic among the presenters at the PDPW Business Conference, March 13-14 in Madison, Wis.

Tom Drendl, an agricultural safety specialist for the National Farm Medicine Center, will present a workshop on OSHA requirements on the farm. Drendl is a certified trainer of OSHA General Industry Standards and uses this training to assist dairy employers and employees in providing a safe working environment.

Deborah Schmitz of the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, will talk about the ag labor laws and regulations that producers need to know. 

Mary Kraft, who is the chief financial officer for two dairies in Colorado, will present a workshop on developing your middle managers. In her session, she will provide insight regarding cow managers vs. people managers, qualities and expectations of potential middle managers, training tools to develop middle managers, training across language and cultural barriers, and team-building and cohesive dairy management.

The PDPW business conference will also include five other keynote speakers and 11 more breakout sessions. For more information or to register, go to or call 800-947-7379.

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