Socially Responsible Pork Production is the theme of this year’s Workforce Development Conference set for Oct. 26 at the Country Inn & Suites, Mankato, MN. The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Keynote speaker is nationally known agriculture advocate Trent Loos, Nebraska farmer who will describe how those who work in production agriculture can bridge the knowledge gap between the barn and consumers.

Other conference speakers will address farm employee training practices, creating positive work environments and job satisfaction, tips on successfully hiring long-term employees, and using social media to share farming experiences.

Rod Hamilton, an 18-year swine industry employee and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, will wrap up the conference with advice on how to put the day’s information into practice.

The program is geared toward those working in pork production, but will also benefit anyone involved in livestock production and agriculture including farm family members, barn employees who provide daily animal care, site and employee managers and human resource directors.

The program is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff.

Preregistration is encouraged but on-site registration is also provided if space is available. The preregistration fee is $30 per person if paid by Oct. 15, $50 at the door. Registration includes materials, lunch and refreshments.

To register online, go to or contact Trudy Wastweet, Minnesota Pork Board, (800) 537-7675 or