In the ever-changing agricultural industry, employees are one of the most valuable resources; however, managing a variety of people is often an overwhelming task. Employee Management for Production Agriculture is a conference designed for all agricultural managers, from mid-level or unit managers to human resource personnel. The conference is set for Oct. 11-12 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott.  Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service along with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and National Pork Board are sponsoring the two-day event.

In a recent American Angus Association SM report, Priorities First, Identifying Management Priorities in the Commercial Cow-Calf Business, labor management was ranked as the eighth highest priority among successful commercial cattle producers. Both hired and family labor ranked as equally important components, emphasizing the management and retention of labor to an operation.

An employee-management conference of this type is designed to give insight to managers on coping with the challenges and opportunities of managing employees in today's environment. It is an ideal setting for managers of hired employees and for families working together to learn how to work more efficiently.

Conference registration closes Sept. 26; registration is just $150 per person for the first two employees from one firm or operation. Group rates are available if more than two people attend. A room block is available at the Marriott. Call it directly at 816-464-2200 to reserve your room.

For a complete list of speakers and program topics, go to  For more information about the conference or to register, contact Sarah Fogleman, KSU agricultural economist at or by calling 620-431-1530.

To obtain your copy of Priorities First, Identifying Management Priorities in the Commercial Cow-Calf Business contact Amber Wahlgren at the American Angus Association by sending e-mail to or calling 816-383-5100.

Source: American Angus Association