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■ Workshop looks to ‘Recruit, Motivate and Retain’

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Brainerd Lakes Chamber are presenting a “Recruit, Motivate and Retain Your Workforce” event March 27 in Brainerd.

Ted Schick, humorist and corporate trainer, will offer information and hints on how to find the best of the best, keep them happy and engaged in a two-part workshop designed to cover critical steps, skills and tactics to attracting and recruiting the right kind of talent to an organization. The event includes registration and buffet breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with program from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

For more information, go to: Cost is $45 per person and includes breakfast.

■ Agriculture value-added workshop set March 25

A value added workshop for local farmers and property owners is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 25 at the Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisade.

The workshop is designed to supply information to local farmers and land owners who may wish to consider new options for income producing opportunities. Workshop topics and presenters include:

• Selling High Quality Hay, Troy Salzer, University of Minnesota Extension – Carlton County.

• Raising and Selling Grass Fed Cattle, Thousand Hills Cattle Company, Cannon Falls.

• Selling Grain Locally, Wright Co-Op and Aitkin Feed and Farm Supply.

• Raise Your Fuel, Robert Schafer, Director, Central Lakes Ag Center, Staples.

• How to Find Funding, Scott Kittleson, NRCS; Rich Miska, AgStar; Ross Wagner, Aitkin County.

In addition to the main topic speakers, breakout sessions will be held to allow personal discussion and interaction with the presenters and others.

Registration fee is $15 and covers the workshop, lunch and refreshments. Registration requested by March 15 at or with Ross Wagner or 218-927-7305.

The Agricultural Value Added Workshop is co-sponsored by: Aitkin County Economic Development, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Aitkin SWCD, Aitkin County Farmers Union, Aitkin County Farm Bureau, AgStar Financial Services and University of Minnesota Extension.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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