If you answered " yes" to the question above, then the National Pork Board's human resources seminar is right for you. It's designed to keep you up to speed on human resource skills, laws and practices.

Human Resource Management for Today's Pork Producers, What You Need to Know is scheduled for Dec. 13-14, at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.

You can register for the program by calling NPB at (800) 667-1436 or (515) 223-3525, or going to its Web site at www.porkboard.com. The program costs $195 per person if you register before Dec. 7 or $225 after that date.

To reserve a hotel room, call the Westin Crown Center at (816) 474-4400. The room rate is $109 plus tax per night. Identify yourself as a NPB H.R. conference attendee. Hotel registration deadline is Nov. 28.

Day 1
7:30 a.m. Registration
9:15 Your Role in Human Resources, Kris Pruisman, human resource specialist, Stratford, Iowa
10:00 How to Keep your Organization – and Yourself – Out of Court, Kristin Oliver, attorney, Gable & Gotwals, Tulsa, Okla
11:00 Employee Commitment and the Bottom Line, Deana Britt, PIC, Franklin, Ky
1:15 p.m. Hiring Top Talent, Mike Wesolowski, Zierke Company, Morris, Minn.; How to Retain Your Best Employees, Sarah Fogleman, Kansas State University, Chanute, Kan.; Dealing Effectively with Unacceptable Employee Behavior, Gary Maas, AgriCareers, Massena, Iowa; How to Motivate Employees, Don Tyler, Profitable Solutions, Clarks Hill, Ind.
2:15 Repeat Breakout Sessions
3:30 Managing the Multicultural Workforce, Juan Marinez, USDA, Washington, D.C.; How to Communicate with Influence and Finesse, Becky Row, American Marketing Association, Chicago, Ill.; Harassment, Kevin Pokorny, Pokorny Consulting, Des Moines, Iowa; Electronic Mail Systems and Leveraging the Internet, Mark Steffen, Winning Solutions, Ames, Iowa
4:30 Repeat Breakout Sessions
5:30 Reception

Day 2
8:00 a.m Safety's Top 10, Kenney Swallow, Circle Four Farms, Milford, Utah
9:00 When OSHA Comes to Visit, Neil Longseth, Iowa / Illinois Safety Council, Urbandale, Iowa; Jack Wilkinson, Iowa / Illinois Safety Council, Urbandale, Iowa
10:00 Worker's Compensation Workers Compensation Specialist, Travelers Insurance Companies
11:00 The Ultimate Challenge: Leading Through Change, David Geiman, NDM Solutions, Fairway, Kan.
12:00 p.m. Adjourn