FARM BUSINESS NEWS
Labor Pains - 1
Elizabeth Williams DTN Special Correspondent
Fri Apr 25, 2014 06:47 AM CDT

Editor's Note: In this occasional series, DTN details how to recruit and retain a talented farm labor pool.


INDIANOLA, Iowa (DTN) -- In many rural states, employment is tight and getting tighter. In North Dakota, "if you have a heartbeat and can pass a drug test, you can make at least $50,000 working for an oil company," said Chris Johnson, a farmer near Wahpeton, N.D., who sees his potential labor pool drawn to the Bakken oil fields like miners to the Gold Rush.

While Johnson attempts to recruit top-notch local talent, he has competition. A Domino's pizza delivery guy in ...

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