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Finding and retaining farm workers; a peanut market story

The Around Farm Progress podcast looks at five strategies for getting and keeping farm workers; and an interesting look at how peanut growers had to make a big change to meet customer demand.

Last week we joked about how a podcast can cover diverse topics. Turns out that may be our new normal. This week the podcast hits on two very different subjects – employee retention and peanuts. While not related they do show the diversity of agriculture.

Ben Potter, Farm Futures, shares insights he gained while writing a story about getting and keeping good employees. He has some fascinating insights farmers can put to work today to keep who they've hired and find more good workers as needed. You may be surprised by No. 5.

Then we turn our attention to the peanut market. Did you know there are two kinds of peanuts? That one industry segment had to breed a new crop to meet customer demands. For the Midwest grower the phrase "high-oleic" may be familiar, but what does that have to do with peanuts? John Hart, Southeast Farm Press, explains.

Give it a listen.

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