The fourth annual Workforce Development Conference is planned for Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Country Inn & Suites, Mankato, Minn. Conference speakers will provide suggestions for creating a positive livestock facility environment that encourages farm productivity, improves employee job satisfaction, and enhances the pork industry’s reputation.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff, Workforce Development Conference seminars will demonstrate and address how family member, employer or manager behavioral expectations, business values and policies influence worker attitudes, workplace conduct and overall barn dynamics.

Although conference seminars are geared towards pork producers, the presentations will provide beneficial information for anyone involved in livestock production and agriculture.

Conference registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and seminars are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pre-registration for this conference is encouraged, although at-the-door registration will be accepted if space is available. The pre-registration fee is $30 per person, if paid by Sept. 15. Registration at the door will be $50. Registration includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

Conference speakers are nationally recognized business experts and workforce motivators who understand the unique challenges facing those with livestock production and agricultural careers.

For more information, click here or contact Trudy Wastweet, Minnesota Pork Board, (800) 537-7675 or

Source: Minnesota Pork Board