Managing People in Pork Production: An Employee Management Conference for Swine Managers and Ownerswill be held on June 26 at the Best Western, North Mankato, Minn.

Conference information is adaptable to swine operations with several employees or those who primarily operate with family labor, say seminar organizers. Presenters will provide employee management tips that are easily and quickly transferable back to the office and barns.

Presenters and their topics will be:

  • John Behrends, Behrends Education Systems, I Love My Job — It’s the People Who Drive Me Crazy, and Conflict: Adversary or Ally
  • Eric Spell, President,, From Hire to Fire
  • Bernie Erven, professor emeritus, The Ohio State University, Discipline as a Management Strength, and Teaching Your Employees to be Company MVPs
  • Trudy Wastweet, director of education, Minnesota Pork Board, Free and Low-cost Employee Training Resources
  • Breakout sessions on training new supervisors and non-domestic worker issues

On-site registration begins at 8 a.m., on June 26, with presentations from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pre-registration fee is $20 per person if paid by June 19. Registration at the door is $40. Pre-registration is encouraged. Funds from the national pork checkoff program is helping fund the conference.

Registration form and agenda specifics are available at or by calling the Minnesota Pork Board at (507) 345-8814.

Source: Minnesota Pork Board