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Denver, September 7, 2007 -- The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is teaming with Kansas State University and the National Pork Board to offer the "Employee Management For Production Agriculture Conference," Oct. 11-12, 2007.

The conference will be held at the Kansas City Airport Marriott Hotel near Kansas City International Airport. The meeting begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, with the program set to begin at 10:00 a.m. The conference ends Friday afternoon after 1:00 p.m. industry workshops for beef and pork producers.

General sessions will cover topics such as working with diverse cultures in agricultural businesses, and dealing with difficult economic conditions.

Breakout session topics will include:

* Being a Boss vs. Being a Buddy - This popular session will help managers learn to walk that fine line.

* Legal Issues 101 (emphasis on immigration) - Learn to insulate yourself from legal risks and how to navigate tricky legal waters associated with employing a non-citizen workforce.

* Family - Family workplaces are wonderful when they work and terrible when they don't. This session will help family members recognize the pitfalls and possibilities that come from running a family business.

* Workers' Compensation - Learn to navigate risky waters by understanding the rules and laws and learning the keys that can help you master Workers' Compensation.

* Orientation and Training from the Ground Up - More and more agricultural employees have no agricultural experience. Learn to use this to your advantage by designing an orientation and training program that takes nothing for granted.

* Compensation - This session will help producers build compensation packages that meet their employees' needs without breaking the bank.

* Growing Your Own Replacements - People are maybe the most important resource our businesses have. But where do we go for replacements?

Learn to identify, recruit, train and empower employees who will be your next managers.

* Recruiting - Learn where to look, how to advertise, and how to think like a potential employee.

* Conflict Management - Conflict is everywhere. This informative session will help producers learn strategies for recognizing and diffusing workplace conflicts.

* Turnover: Symptom or Disease - People frequently think of turnover as a problem, but sometimes it can be a symptom of other problems. Learn to identify the root of turnover in your business and how to cut it off at the source.

Industry workshops for beef and pork producers will round out the conference on Friday afternoon.

Early registration for the conference is $150 for the first two attendees from a business, due by Sept. 26. For businesses sending three or more participants, the group rate is $125 per person, if paid by Sept. 26. After that date, the full rate of $200 per person applies. The registration fee covers lunches, refreshment breaks, and all conference materials.

More information about the conference, including links to the hotel, is available at

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is the largest organization representing America's cattle industry. Initiated in 1898, NCBA is the industry leader in education, influencing public policy to improve producer profitability and in preserving the industry's heritage and future. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or


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