Employee Management

Iowa hog farm hit with OSHA citation

The citation includes at least four violations claiming that the employer failed to furnish facilities “free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm” to employees. FULL STORY »

Commentary: A labor plan for all farmers

For far too long, farmers and ranchers have had to struggle to make sure that they have a legal, reliable supply of workers. FULL STORY »

PorkBridge educational series schedule announced

PorkBridge is a distance educational program that provides relevant and timely information to those involved with grow-finish swine operations and consists of six teleconference sessions conducted by industry experts. FULL STORY »

Agricultural leaders have a willingness to serve

Have you ever wondered why people involved in agriculture give back to their industry by serving in leadership roles when their plate is already very full with daily commitments to their farming/ranching operation? FULL STORY »

Midwest rural ag safety and health conference, Nov. 14-16

The conference will provide updated information on agricultural and rural safety and health as well as strengthen collaborative efforts among researchers, practitioners, agricultural producers and medical professionals. FULL STORY »

Producers and workers shouldn’t overlook flu shots

With flu season again upon us, the National Pork Board’s pork checkoff reminds pork producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs to get their seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. FULL STORY »

Ag college enrollment up sharply

Wendy Wintersteen, dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said her school has seen a "simply incredible" 30 percent jump in undergraduate enrollment from 2006 to 2010. Wintersteen said the college expects to break its all-time enrollment record of 3,623 set 35 years ago in 1977. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff offers employee management webinars

The National Pork Board (NPB) is offering six free webinars this fall to help pork producers meet the challenges of managing human resources. The webinars will help managers discover new methods, tips and tools for working efficiently with employees. FULL STORY »

Producers focus on need for immigration reform, ag labor

Misguided immigration enforcement policies and political gridlock on comprehensive immigration reform in Congress put U.S. food production and jobs at risk from the continuing crisis in farm labor, ag interests said in news teleconference Sept. 19. FULL STORY »

Take steps now to reduce influenza risk

With human cases of H3N2 influenza virus, reportedly contracted from pigs at fairs this summer, pork producers are turning their attention to prevention measures among employees and in their herds. FULL STORY »

Survey: Pork industry wages competitive with other industries

Benefits also were comparable with 62 percent of swine operations offering a bonus or incentive plan for farm employees during the last three years and 71 percent offering medical coverage. FULL STORY »

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