Wisconsin offers off-farm job search resource

The Wisconsin Farm Center now offers a job hunter’s workbook for farmers seeking off-farm employment.

Program Supervisor Dan Bauer says the free tool is part of a holistic approach to help the state’s farmers get supplemental or replacement jobs away from the farm. “They might be operating. They might be working on transitioning their business or they may be looking at exiting the farming business and that’s really the gap that this workbook looks to fill.”

Farmer Wellness Program Coordinator Karen Endres says the first part of the new workbook helps farmers deal with changes they may not have experienced before and helps them show their skills to potential employers. “Oh yeah, I can weld. I can fix this. I do some pre-veterinarian type work, right? Once you put all of those skills together and in a worksheet, you realize how valuable you could be.”

The job hunter’s workbook is available in print or online in and out of Wisconsin by going to the Wisconsin Farm Center webpage or by calling their toll-free number,  (800) 942-2474

Dan Bauer and Karen Endres from the Wisconsin Farm Center discuss the job hunter’s workbook with Brownfield’s Larry Lee

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