Employee Management

Uncertain job market leads young professionals to farm work

Layoffs, office politics and a desire to escape the confines of an office cubicle are only a few of the reasons people in their 20s and 30s are taking an interest in agriculture. FULL STORY »

Rural transport issues hot in the spotlight

Improving farm-related safety is getting a lot of attention these days. There’s the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent proposal addressing child labor laws on farms. Recently, Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced legislation to improve safety on rural roads. FULL STORY »

Lead your organization through major change

These days, it seems that the words “business” and “change” go hand in hand. From dealing with regulatory changes and economic shifts to responding to new customer demands and emerging technologies, sudden and externally mandated changes affect organizations of all sizes. FULL STORY »

Ag safety workshop, Jan. 26

The Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America will feature “Implications of Public Policy and Corporate Practice” at its annual workshop, Jan. 26, at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

Commentary: A ripple in the pond

Tis the season of giving and while family and friends tend to top most peoples’ lists, it may be time to broaden that thinking—especially for agriculture. FULL STORY »

Scholarships for outstanding pork industry youth

The National Pork Producers Council is rolling out the application process for the 2012 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship Program, designed to recognize outstanding youth in the pork community, with an emphasis on talented and thoughtful students who may emerge as industry leaders someday. FULL STORY »

Learn something every day

Peter Bregman, author and strategic business advisor, recently shared some tips on how to reclaim your life from distractions on the American Express Open Forum blog. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Government protecting us from ourselves?

The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing to change child labor laws pertaining to agricultural workers. There are deaths and injuries that occur every year on farms and ranches across the U.S. Those individuals wanting to change the laws are doing so with the intent of protecting children from potentially dangerous situations. FULL STORY »

Rid your team of blind spots

When your brain concentrates intensely on one task, it’s easy to miss what is happening around you. This means that when your team diligently focuses on a task, it could be missing something. FULL STORY »

Grandin expects farms to become more transparent

Well known for her strong opinions as well as her expertise on farm-animal handling and well-being, Temple Grandin, Colorado State University animal scientist, says the next advances in the area need to come on the farm. FULL STORY »

HR training offered in North Carolina

The National Pork Board is hosting a human resources conference in Raleigh designed to help swine managers as they deal with the challenges of personnel management on Dec. 8-9 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel downtown. FULL STORY »

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