Almost every agricultural operation aims to be the best.The key to achieving that goal is hiring and keeping good employees.

A two-day conference "Employee Management for Production Agriculture" is designed to help you do just that. Sponsored by Kansas State University, the conference will be held at the Embassy Suites at the Kansas City International Airport Aug. 2-3, 2001.

Content is designed for a cross-section of employees, from owners to mid-level managers, says Sarah Fogleman, an agricultural economist with Kansas State and conference coordinator. Topics to be covered include: Evaluating Performance and Providing Feedback; Resolving Conflict; Selecting for Success; Building a Total Compensation Package; Managing the Family Workforce; The First 30 Days; Managing a Multicultural Workforce; and Minimizing Legal Risks.

Speakers include: Bernard Erven, The Ohio State University; Robert Milligan, Cornell University; Ron Hanson, the University of Nebraska; and Fogleman.

Visit http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/employee/ for more information about the conference or contact Fogleman at (620) 431-1530 or e-mail sfoglema@oznet.ksu.edu.