Heartbeat of the Farm: Human Resources

April 9, April 16, April 23 and April 30, 2019 | Fairfield, Iowa

A four session course designed to give women strategies for effectively working with family and employees.

What is Heartbeat of the Farm: Human Resources?

The heartbeat of every farm business is the people involved. This course is designed to empower farm women to improve working relationships with both family and non-family partners and employees. Women will become more knowledgeable on effective strategies to manage human resources in the areas of employee supply, recruitment and law; family and farm business communication; employee supervision and retention; and health, stress and well-being. The course is taught in the tradition of Annie’s Project and incorporates a comfortable and supportive learning environment.

Course Curriculum

Employee Supply, Recruitment, and Law
  • Strategies for identifying labor needs
  • Hiring and terminating
  • Legal, tax and accounting requirements
Family and Business Communication
  • Strategies for sharing farm business goals
  • Managing interpersonal conflict
  • Conducting farm business meetings
Employee Supervision and Retention
  • Strategies for clarifying expectations
  • Training family or non-family on job tasks
  • Evaluating employees and increasing job satisfaction
Health, Stress, and Well-being
  • Strategies for balancing personal and work energy
  • Increasing farm safety
  • Planning for continuity if one or more key persons is lost


  • Topics of importance to your future in farming
  • Brief presentations and extended discussions
  • Practical hands-on activities
  • Decision making resources available to you
  • Comfortable and supportive learning environment
  • Networking with other farm women


April 9, April 16, April 23 and April 30, 2019

Meal and registration at 5:30 PM.
Program 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.


Jefferson County Extension and Outreach
2606 West Burlington Ave
Fairfield, IA

Statewide sponsors

Farm Credit Services



This course has been cancelled and registration is closed.


Registration, prior to midnight April 2, 2019

Registration includes meal and course materials.


  • Registration deadline is midnight, April 2, 2019. Pre-registration is required.
  • Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to attend. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.
  • Confirmation of registration is sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering
  • To cancel your registration, or for assistance with registration, receipts, or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.


Lori Padget

Lori Padget
office assistant
Jefferson County Extension

Charles Brown

Charles Brown
Extension farm management field specialist