The third annual Managing People in Pork Conference will be June 24 at the BestWesternHotel & ConferenceCenter in North Mankato, Minn. Sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board, the conference seminars are designed to assist pork producers, swine-unit supervisors, system managers and others in agriculture to train and motivate employees and family members.

New to this year’s conference will be the Training Tool Shed featuring educational materials on swine management and production, worker safety and employee training.

The conference general session and breakout speakers will be: Bernie Erven, human resources consultant, Managing Good People During Bad Times and New Supervisor Training - Novices Only; Ernie Barnes, National Pork Board, Proud to Be a Pork Producer; Don Tyler, Tyler & Associates, Would You Work for You? and What Separates Super Trainers from Ordinary Trainers?; Orlando Gil, Hawkeye Sow Centers, Managing a Cross-Cultural Workforce; Colette Drager and Leah Davis, Workforce Resources, Managing Labor Costs to Improve the Bottom Line; Beth Lauwagie, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, How to Be an HR Superhero; and Sharon Danes, University of Minnesota, Leading a Family Business.

Conferencedoors open at 8 a.m.on June 24, and seminars run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The pre-registration fee is $30 per person, due by June 18. On-site registration will cost $50 per person, space permitting. The fee includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

 For an agenda and registration, go to or call the MPB office at (507) 345-8814.

Source: Minnesota Pork Board