May 11, 2020
Emails went out earlier this week regarding hiring and bus assignments for this summer. Please let us know if you didn’t receive one and we will check into it! (You also might want to check your spam folders). Also, could you let us know right away if your plans have changed for this summer? We are still receiving and accepting applications, as we know there will be spots to fill in the weeks to come.
As you can imagine, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, planning for this year’s detasseling season is proving to be quite the challenge. We’ll do everything we can to ensure the safest working conditions for our employees, including complying with directives from federal and state agencies, as well as the Governor’s Task Force.
One of the changes this year involves having two buses for each crew. (Two B1 buses, two Parkview buses, two Elkhorn buses, etc.). This will allow us to practice social distancing on the buses.
The great news is that due to some increased acres, we were able to add two new buses–B2 is back, and we have a brand-new Omaha Roguing bus. In order to make sure there would be adequate experience on each of these buses, we needed to “borrow” experienced workers from the other buses to make it all work out. With the logistics of one person per seat (unless they are siblings, along with the new buses, and with the wonderful number of returning detasselers that we have had reapply, it was like a putting together a 5,000-piece puzzle. I’m very grateful to have had a lot of the supervisors help me with this daunting task.
We realize that some of you might not be with the same friends that you were with last year, but we are excited to see opportunities for new friends, new communities, and increased opportunities to build leadership skills in our employees. For these reasons, we’re asking especially our returning crew members to think outside the box and keep an eye out for someone they might be able to encourage or mentor this summer. This is one of the ways we want to infuse character into the next generation. I should mention, however, that if your bus assignment has created a hardship for your family in terms of your carpooling plans, would you be so kind as to let us know? I know some of you are so self-sacrificing that you may not want to let us know about that, but we want to do our best to accommodate those very real needs!
We are SO grateful for your patience as we navigate a season that will undoubtedly look a little different from years past. What we do know for sure is there will be CORN and there will be DETASSELING!
Thank you for being a part of our NATS family!
April 27, 2020
NATS ASKED TO SERVE ON STATE TASK FORCE
NATS owner Dawn Buell has been asked to serve on the Governor’s GET NEBRASKA GROWING Task Force. This task force was created to address concerns of businesses as they reopen and to help develop best practices to insure safety for all workers. The welfare of our crew has always been of the utmost importance to everyone at NATS as we are thankful Dawn will be able to speak into this process!
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the responsibilities related to the Governor’s Task Force, and the increased efforts to develop and provide equipment necessary to maintain best practices as we prepare for the season, the final stage of our hiring process has been slightly delayed. We hope to communicate that information very soon. Keep watching for an email as well as social media posts regarding that communication. We’re very close so thanks for hanging in there with us!
March 31, 2020
Important Announcements for the Upcoming Season!
1. The federal government has designated seed corn production as an essential and vital job for our country.
This means that corn will be planted and detasseling will be happening this summer. We need to make sure our food supply chains stay solid. Our greatest hope is that the current pandemic would be over with completely by then; but if not, we’ll be working together with seed companies and the CDC to keep our workers safe.
2. Our company will have an increase in acres–and we’re still hiring!
This happy news came to us during the past week, and we’re looking at adding an extra bus either at our Berean location or our Parkview location. We’ll also be adding a roguing bus for Omaha. This bus will get to do some pre-season roguing work, and then it will transition to providing extra detasseling support for the Omaha detasseling crews.
3. No orientation meetings for new detasselers this spring.
We are going to be moving to an onboarding hiring process that will be paperless and all online. We’ll also be sharing videos with new detasselers so they will be informed on what to wear and bring to the fields.
4. There will be delays this year as we complete our hiring process.
Because we are, one, building an onboarding infrastructure right now, in lieu of having the orientation meetings, and two, adding extra buses, it’s going to take us a bit longer to finalize our crew list. Also, we recognize that some of our experienced high school and college workers, who were counting on an internship or a different job, may have had those opportunities canceled. Again, the great news is that seed corn production has been deemed as essential, which means our jobs will definitely be here this summer. Once we start to get bus lists finalized, we will be emailing you all out with the details on what to do next. And if we can’t get you on the crew, we’ll also email you to let you know that as well. Thank you SO much for your patience right now as we innovate through uncharted waters!