The National Pork Board and the National Cattleman´s Beef Association have teamed with Kansas State University to offer the "Employee Management in Agriculture Conference" Oct. 11-12.

“The conference, to be held at the Kansas City Airport Marriott Hotel, will focus on such topics as working with diverse cultures, dealing with difficult times, and legal issues,” says Sarah Fogleman, K-State Research and Extension agricultural economist. The conference also will include sessions on “Managing across cultures”, “Getting to we”, and “Dealing with difficult times”.

Breakout session topics will include “Being a boss vs. being a buddy”, “Legal Issues 101”, “Family workplaces”, and “Workers´ compensation”. Other topics will address orientation and training of employees, employee compensation, recruiting, and conflict management.

The Pork Checkoff program is hosting a producer workforce development awareness panel and will provide a farm level tool on developing leadership skills. Industry workshops for beef and pork producers will round out the conference on Friday afternoon.

Early registration for the conference is $150 for the first two attendees from a business. For businesses sending three or more participants, the group rate is $125 per person. Registration is due by Sept. 26. After that date, the rate is $200 per person.

The meeting begins with registration at 9 am, Oct. 11, with the program beginning at 10 am.  More information about the conference, including links to the hotel, is available online at or by contacting Fogleman at 620-431-1530.

Source: Kansas State University