“Swine Farms: A Great Place To Work” is the theme of this year’s Workforce Development Seminar set for Oct. 18, at the Country Inn & Suites, Mankato. The seminar, sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board and National Pork Checkoff, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Keynote speaker will be Bruce Vincent, the founder of Provider Pals and a nationally recognized agricultural advocate. Vincent’s opening talk, “So, You Want to Date My Daughter”, looks at how understanding society’s environmental and animal husbandry concerns is critical to engaging the public.
For his afternoon talk, “With Vision There is Hope”, Vincent will discuss how Americans are taught that getting their hands dirty at work is an unfulfilling career choice. Vincent will discuss why this outlook is risky for those who feed, clothe, and shelter humanity and why reversing this trend is important to workforce competency, and economic and environmental health.
Additional seminar speakers will be John Deen, DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, who will discuss current swine care research. Darwin Reicks, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, will provide information on swine barn filtration systems and filtered barn biosecurity practices. Donna Rae Scheffert of Leadership Tools, will discuss tactics and strategies for handling and preventing work-place conflict.
Although the seminar is geared towards those who work in pork production, the speakers will provide beneficial information for anyone involved in livestock care and agriculture.
Preregistration is encouraged, but at-the-door registration will be accepted if space is available. The pre-registration fee is $20 per person, if paid by Oct. 10. Registration at the door will be $40 per person. Registration includes materials, lunch and refreshments.
Registration and seminar details are available at the MPB’s website or contact MPB Assistant Executive Director Jeremy Geske at (507) 345-8814.