Employee Management

Take stock of how you spend your time

You probably keep a calendar to keep track of meetings, appointments and tasks, but it’s also important to take the time to do a calendar audit. Think back to what you accomplished, so you can get a real sense of where you are spending your time. FULL STORY »

Farm-based first aid and CPR

Everyone involved in your operation needs to have the necessary skills and tools available to prevent or address potential work injuries and emergencies. Learn more about creating an on-farm safety culture and what should go into your farm first-aid and emergency kits. FULL STORY »

Latham: Proposed farm labor rule “outrageous”

Preserving America’s Family Farm Act, introduced by Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, would prohibit the U.S. Department of Labor from passing legislation that sets labor restrictions on U.S. farms. FULL STORY »

Farm safety program, 25-years strong and growing

2012 marks the 25th anniversary of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK). The organization has promoted farm safety to more than 6 million people through local programs and education since 1987. FULL STORY »

Scholarships available to pork industry youth

Key to the pork industry’s future is the ability to draw young leaders into related areas of study and eventually professional careers. To assist in that effort, the Minnesota Pork Board is offering annual scholarships to the state’s youth who are pursuing careers in agriculture, with an emphasis in pork. FULL STORY »

NCGA honors ag scholarship winners

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF, honored recipients of the Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship, created to foster promising agricultural leaders for the future. This year, five winners received $1,000 for use in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. FULL STORY »

Establish a monthly training program

Monthly training opportunities provide a regularly scheduled time for skill development, team building and employee/employer “housekeeping.” FULL STORY »

AMI Foundation and Alchemy start animal handling training videos

The American Meat Institute Foundation (AMIF) in partnership with Alchemy Systems, has announced the release of two new animal handling training videos designed for cattle and hog plant employees. FULL STORY »

Ag immigration reform stalled by politics, (again)

With Washington lawmakers deadlocked in election year politics, hopes for meaningful immigration legislation being passed in a timely manner are quickly dwindling. FULL STORY »

NPB identifies 2012 research projects for funding

Each year, the National Pork Board's six producer-led science and technology committees meet to identify and prioritize research needs and funding allocations. This year, the participants reviewed more than 100 proposals, and selected those that would were deemed to offer the greatest benefit to the overall industry FULL STORY »

Smithfield worker dies at pork plant

A waste operator a Smithfield Foods pork packing plant in Clinton, N.C., died Feb. 18 after being overcome by methane fumes. FULL STORY »

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