Employee Management

Still time to register for Executive Pork Producers’ Program

Today’s management-level pork industry professionals have the opportunity to strengthen their leadership and business skills through a two-year, certificate program. Created by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, the program starts in November. FULL STORY »

AgrAbility to celebrate 20 years

AgrAbility will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in November with its premier training conference featuring commemorative events while also addressing disability issues in agriculture. FULL STORY »

Illinois names Superior Young Swine Producers

The 2011 Illinois Superior Young Swine Producers Award Contest was held in conjunction with the Illinois State Fair. In all, 22 4-H and FFA members from across Illinois competed in the event. FULL STORY »

Fewer workers, longer hours, higher pay equals 2011 farm labor

When farm mechanization arrived in the 1930’s, Mom and Dad did not need to raise as many kids and farm families began to get smaller. And in a few short years, farms began to get larger in size and smaller in number. Neighbors who did not have as much acreage and needed work took on jobs as hired hands and were integral to many family farming operations into the 1980’s. FULL STORY »

Swine science online fall courses begin Aug. 22

The Fall 2011 semester is soon approaching, and it's time to get registered for the Swine Science Online courses, which start Aug. 22. FULL STORY »

Carthage Veterinary Service swine conference, Aug. 30

Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd has announced its 21st Annual Swine Conference to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. The conference features short science and practical presentations with in-depth breakout sessions appealing to staff, owners, lenders, and suppliers. FULL STORY »

Heat warning: Check on pigs and people

Even though most pork producers run operations where hogs are housed in buildings to protect them from the blazing sun, the excessive temperatures and humid conditions that have settled into the U.S. mid-section can still take a toll on pigs and people. FULL STORY »

E-verify offers benefits, challenges for pork industry

Lacking a national policy on unauthorized immigration, U.S. lawmakers are increasingly relying on E-verify - an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees. FULL STORY »

Enforcement-only immigration policy hurting ag

An analysis of how immigration enforcement is hurting agriculture in the U.S. was recently printed in The Christian Science Monitor. FULL STORY »

Latinos in agriculture forum, Oct. 27, 28

“Latinos in Agriculture: A Leaders Forum on Capitalizing Hispanic Talent,” will bring together industry, education and government participants to begin a dialog to explore ways to improve Latino representation in agriculture and related industries. FULL STORY »

Physical stress takes a toll

Farming is physically demanding, and long hours can take its toll on your body. That physical stress contributes to accidents and even death. It is important that farmers follow some basic health guidelines during field work, advises the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. FULL STORY »

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