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Dr. Maynard Hogberg - University Perspective: Developing Human Capital for the U.S. Swine Genetics Field


University Perspective: Developing Human Capital for the U.S. Swine Genetics Field - Dr. Maynard Hogberg, Iowa State University, from the 2017 North American PRRS/National Swine Improvement Federation Joint Meeting, December 1‐3, 2017, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Should You Require Your Latino Employees To Speak Only English At Work?


"We are in America, %@$@ it, they should speak English!!!"

This is what a farm manager told me sometime ago as he complained about his newly hired Latino employees speaking Spanish at work and him and other employees not being able to understand what they were saying…

"If they want to speak Spanish, he continued, they can do that at home, not here. When they are at work, they should speak English, English, English!!!"

He told me this in a very demanding tone. I guess he thought that if he were demanding enough the situation would change.

Easier said than done, I thought…

This manager worked for a company that had turned to the available Latino workforce as an option to fill the jobs it couldn’t fill with native U.S. workers. This, of course, brought with it a new set of challenges.

Hispanic Labor in the Swine Industry… a Thing of the Past?

Hispanic Labor in the Swine Industry… a Thing of the Past? Presented at the 2009 World Pork Expo, By Orlando Gil

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Is Latino Labor in the Agricultural Industry a Thing of the Past?

Is Latino Labor in the Agricultural Industry a Thing of the Past? This past June I had the opportunity to address pork producers at the World Pork Expo (audio and slides). At that time, the key message of my presentation had to do with the idea that producers no longer had to worry about finding workers to get the job done at their farms.

Perhaps a sign of relief; at least something producers did not have to worry about during these turbulent times… It made sense… When you considered the high unemployment rates prevalent for several months and the number of displaced workers willing to do just about any type of job, most producers had a lot more job applications to choose from and fewer jobs to fill as employees “stayed put” waiting for the recession storm to go by.

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: "I Love My Job, It's The People That Drive Me Crazy"

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"I Love My Job, It's The People That Drive Me Crazy" WMV File

The strength of any organization is in its diversity, yet in that diversity resides that differences that cause erosion of productivity and efficiency. Every business has a "social system" comprised of people involved in dynamic interaction.

All business results are a function of behavior. When the results are unfavorable, change the behavior and when the results are favorable, find ways to duplicate behavior with other employees. This session will look at ways to provide workers with tools to interact effectively to create desirable team results.

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By John Behrends, Behrends Education Systems

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Occupational Health and Safety for Pork Producers and Employees

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Occupational Health and Safety for Pork Producers and Employees WMV File

Kelley Donham is the Director of the Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety & Health (ICASH) which is dedicated to helping keep Iowa's producers alive and well in agriculture.

This seminar will provide an overview of the potential illnesses and injuries that may result from working with pigs and in the buildings. New information will be presented on a comprehensive program called Certified Safe Farm. Results of the program will shared such as cost savings in lowered medical care costs, increased use of personal protective equipment, and decreased respiratory illnesses. They will also introduce an initiative to educate workers via a web-based distance learning program that will include materials produced by the National Pork Board.

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By Kelley Donham & Risto Rautiainen, University of Iowa

2008 Iowa Pork Congress: Dollars to Donuts: How to compete for agricultural labor

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Dollars to Donuts: How to compete for agricultural labor WMV File

Most agricultural employers did not go into agriculture because they wanted to manage people--and yet people are a major factor in the success of our businesses. This session will talk about the basic factors that bring employers and employees together and the simple things that every manager can do to have a better workforce.

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By Sarah Fogleman, Kansas State University.

2008 Banff Pork Seminar: Mark Chambers from SunTerra

Mark Chambers from SunTerra outlines how his company expanded its Hispanic workforce and what they’re doing to help ease the transition to a different area and culture.

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SwineCast 0203 for May 25 2007

SwineCast 0203 Show Notes:

  • Manage manure for maximum value with Bob Koehler
  • Vet shortage will shortly become crisis
  • What this student says we need to do
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