Use these guidelines to ensure that you’re providing competitive pay rates on your farm. Don Tyler, employee-management consultant, Clarks Hill, Ind., says it starts not just with understanding the job, but also the market from which you draw employee prospects. 

  • Introductory jobs: Wages and benefits must be competitive with the local market.
  • Mid-level positions: Wages and benefits must be competitive with similar positions available locally and regionally.
  • Top-level positions: Wages and benefits must be competitive both regionally and nationally.