Socially Responsible Pork Production is the theme of this year’s Workforce Development Conference set for Oct. 26 at the Country Inn & Suites, in Mankato, Minn. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Keynote speaker will be Trent Loos, nationally known agricultural advocate, author and speaker. Loos will describe how those who work in production agriculture can bridge the knowledge gap between the barn and consumers.

Additional conference speakers will discuss farm employee training practices, creating positive work environments and job satisfaction, tips on successfully hiring long-term employees, and using social media to share one’s farming experiences. Rod Hamilton, an 18-year swine industry employee and member of the Minnesota House of Representative, will wrap up the conference with advice on how to put the day’s information into practice.

The conference speakers are recognized business experts and workforce motivators who understand the unique challenges facing those who work in livestock production and agricultural careers.

Although conference seminars are geared towards those who work in pork production, the speakers will provide beneficial information for anyone involved in livestock production and agriculture including farm family members, employees who provide daily animal care, site and employee managers and human resource directors.

Socially Responsible Pork Production sponsors are the Minnesota Pork Board and the National Pork Board.

Preregistration for this conference is encouraged and registration at-the-door will be accepted if space is available. The preregistration fee is $30 per person, if paid by Oct. 15. Registration at the door will be $50. Registration includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

Get registration and conference details online or contact Trudy Wastweet, Minnesota Pork Board, (800) 537-7675 or

Source: Minnesota Pork Board