Upcoming Workshop Will Provide Human Resources and Conflict Management Training for Farmers


Louise Waterman, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Ph: 802-828-6900    Email Louise.Waterman@state.vt.us

MONTPELIER, VT - For years, the corporate world has leveraged tools, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, to help employees manage conflict and increase efficiency. On December 4th, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture will host a workshop for farmers interested in using these techniques to better manage the human resources on their farms.

The workshop will be held from 9am-3pm on December 4th at the Doubletree Hotel on Williston Road in Burlington.  Lunch will be served.

The course will teach farmers how to understand different personality types, and work together more effectively. It is specifically designed to address common challenges farm owners and managers face.

“Producers have a great deal of expertise dealing with crops and animals,” according to organizer Louise Waterman, who works at the Agency of Agriculture. “But few have had formal human resources training. This course will help farmers become more effective managers, by teaching them how to identify and work with different personality types.”

This training will support different situations including managing others, working with family members in business, development of leadership skills, organizing tasks, creation/management of teams, conflict resolution, motivation, coaching, and change management, which in turn will improve organizational productivity.

The workshop will be presented by the American Farm Bureau, and will employ the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. Both tools are well-respected and regularly utilized in the human resources field.

“Every generation has its own style of communicating. This workshop will provide techniques for finding common ground and understanding, across generations,” says Waterman.

“Working with family in a family business isn’t always easy,” she says. “Intergenerational farms participating in this workshop will come away with a  better understanding of themselves and skills to better communicate with other family members, both in and outside the family business”

Ag service providers are welcome to attend the workshop if they are accompanied by a producer.

The cost to attend is just $40, thanks to support from the Vermont Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Northeast, and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.

To RSVP for the workshop, contact Louise Waterman by Nov. 11 at 802-828-6900 or Louise.Waterman@state.vt.us

When: Dec. 4, 2013 9am-3:30pm

Where: Double Tree Hotel, Williston Road, South Burlington

Cost: $40 (includes workshop, lunch, individual/group follow-up, and materials)

RSVP: By Nov. 11 to Louise Waterman at 802-828-6900 or Louise.Waterman@state.vt.us