One of the toughest challenges for managers of large agricultural operations is finding and keeping reliable, motivated employees.

The Employee Management for Production Agriculture Conference, sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, will focus on a variety of topics that agricultural managers struggle with everyday. The conference is scheduled Aug. 2-3, 2001, at the Embassy Suites, Airport in Kansas City. It will use formal presentations as well as producer panel discussions to help agricultural producers to learn to better cope with a tight labor market and more demanding jobs. The featured speakers include: Robert Milligan, Cornell University; Bernie Erven, The Ohio State University; Sarah Fogleman, Kansas State University; and Ron Hanson from the University of Nebraska. These and other experts will help participants learn to deal with the issues that they have never been trained to handle, problems such as poor communication, employee conflicts, and structuring a fair and competitive compensation package. The pre-registration deadline is July 11, 2001. For more information or to register, contact Sarah Fogleman at (620) 431-1530 or e-mail Or, check out the conference Web site at