Fostering a Positive On-Farm Culture
This webinar will be a co-presented by Nicole Ayache, Senior Director, Sustainability Intiatives, NMPF and Jorge Delgado, Training, Talent Development and Retention Program for Dairy Works, Alltech, on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST | 1:00 p.m. EST | 11:00 a.m. MST | 10:00 a.m. PST. This webinar is sponsored by the National Dairy FARM Program.
Webinar Summary: Join Nicole Ayache and Jorge Delgado to discover more about FARM Workforce Development and the importance of prioritizing a constructive on-farm culture. Ayache will provide an overview of FARM’s new program area: why it was added, how it was developed, and where dairy farmers can find programmatic support. Additionally, Jorge will share tips and best management practices for engaging, valuing and prioritizing the needs of dairy farm workers, focusing on non-native English speakers. This collaborative presentation is a joint initiative from these two organizations to promote on-farm employee-related best management practices.
Nicole Ayache serves as Senior Director, Sustainability Initiatives at National Milk Producers Federation. She leads the FARM Environmental Stewardship and FARM Workforce Development program areas and focuses on developing tools and resources to help U.S. dairy farms improve their environmental and labor outcomes, which in turn provides important supply chain assurances. Nicole serves on the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) Board of Directors and is also a member of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) Standing Committee on the Environment. Before joining NMPF, she worked as a consultant for the FARM program and for a variety of clients in the food and ag sector. She developed sustainability programs/reports, procurement policies and research studies for dairy cooperatives, environmental NGOs and protein processors. Her experience spans multiple industries and disciplines, giving her a broad perspective on sustainability – including consulting for pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies; working at an international environmental conservation non-profit; and, serving as an internal management consultant for a leading prosecutor’s office. Nicole holds a Master of Science in Agriculture, Food and Environment from Tufts University and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Yale University.
Jorge Delgado belongs to a family of dairy farmers and he is originally from Ecuador, South America. He received his B.S. in Agriculture and Dairy Science from E.A.R.T.H University in Costa Rica, then he returned to Ecuador where he worked with the Dairy Industry representing a genetic company doing consulting, sales and training until moving to the U.S. in 2002. Jorge then worked on multiply dairy farms as a herd manager for 10 years and joined Alltech as a Dairy Specialist in 2010 as part of the Alltech On Farm Program. In 2014, Jorge moved to Elanco to lead the Dairy Training Program focusing on empowering dairy workers. In 2018 Jorge moved back to Alltech and created the Alltech T2R Program (Training, Talent development and retention program) bringing his expertise to help dairy producers with people management practices, herd health, milk quality, calf management and protocols. Jorge lives with his family in Minneapolis, MN.
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