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Phone App Helps Find Farm Help
Growing up on a Missouri farm, Kevin Johansen says that his dad and neighbors didn’t have much trouble locating someone to help them during busy seasons. “There were usually retired farmers in town or young people who wanted to earn extra cash, and the help would arrive with a phone call,” Johansen says.
“These days it’s tough to find extra help when you need it, so that’s why we created AgButler, a phone app that lets a farmer, rancher or ag business locate help for a few hours, a day, or more,” Johansen says. The app connects people who need help with available workers who are filtered by location, ratings, work experience and availability. “Better yet, it’s all done with a secure payment structure that’s organized in the app,” Johansen adds.
The operation needing help fills out an employer profile on the app, describing the type of help needed. A job profile is also created. Laborers who register on the app fill out their work experience, the equipment they can operate, if they’re proficient around livestock, when they’re available, and how far they’re willing to travel. A phone call, e-mail or text connects the two parties when jobs are posted.
Johansen is a 5th generation farmer who worked his way through college helping farmers and ranchers. The AgButler app was born and soon after named a semi-finalist in the American Farm Bureau’s 2020 Ag Innovation Challenge. That award earned a Missouri Ag grant to further develop the concept, which has helped Johansen and his team develop the Collegiate Ambassador Program. The program will select 10 participants to each receive a $500 scholarship to help connect laborers and employers using their own network of friends and acquaintances.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, AgButler (ph 417-812-6080; www.agbutlerapp.org).

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