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Western North America Ag and Food HR Roundtable
May 3 - 5, 2010 • Monterey, CA
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After a successful introductory event in 2009, which brought together more than 60 human resource professionals and university/college staff within the Western North America agriculture and food field, the need for a venue to continue to connect this group and discuss high interest issues regarding recruitment and retention within the industry became apparent. is pleased to be holding the second Western North America Ag and Food HR Roundtable.

The conference schedule contains a variety of sessions including: The Economy's Impact on Recruitment and Retention within Agriculture and Food, Workforce Planning for Success, and Attracting Talent for a Plentiful Pipeline, The Use of Immigrant Labor as a Source of Talent, Building a Sustainable Workforce from Within, and much more. The program has been submitted to receive SHRM credits.

This year's guest speakers include Karen Timmins, vice president of human resources at Western Growers; John Schmeiser, executive vice president of the Canada West Equipment Dealers Association; and Stella Cosby, director of resourcing and organizational development for Agrium, Inc.; as well as many others.

Beyond the educational sessions, last year’s participants said that the networking that happened at the event was invaluable.

“The facilitation of an event that brings together human resource professionals, career services staff and relevant association representatives does not happen often,” said Erika Osmundson, marketing and communications manager for “The opportunity to come together and talk about what is really happening within the scope of employment, and then share ideas on how to overcome obstacles are how collectively we can move the industry ahead.”

Register today – there is an early-bird registration fee! For more information click here.

US Ag HR Roundtable
August 2 - 4, 2010 • Minnetonka, MN

In its 8th year, this event is sure to be one of the largest yet. Our host, Syngenta, recently held the Organizing Committee meeting at their new facility in Minnetonka, MN where the conference will be held. The Organizing Committee developed a wonderful list of topic ideas and activities for this year’s conference. You can visit the conference homepage by clicking here for updates as well as keep your eyes open for an upcoming newsletter article announcing the schedule line-up.

Creating an Internship Program that Yields Talent
April 6 - 7, 2010 • Huxley, IA

Internship programs if done correctly can yield a great source of talent and new ideas for an organization. This two-day workshop will explore all of these areas and give tips and pointers to build a new program from scratch as well as suggestions and examples of enhancements for current programs to keep a competitive edge. As intern's start dates approach, this workshop will give you the resources to evaluate programs and make tweaks that can make a big difference in the student's perception of the program. For more information or to register click here.

Effective Compensation Strategies for Your Organization
May 3, 2010 • Monterey, CA

This optional add-on to the 2010 Western North American Roundtable is a great way to evaluate and reassess an organization’s compensation policies and practices. The guest presenter will share a brief review of the overall trends in base compensation, incentive pay and benefits, and what has changed since the economic crisis. This brief workshop will also explore how to meet the needs of five generations in the workplace under a tight budget. The presenter will also provide suggested solutions to difficult compensation questions that employers might face within their organization. For more information or to register click here.

The Secret to Using Job Boards Effectively
March 11, 2010

This brief session will focus on how to get the most out of your online job posting experience. The presenter will share what questions you should ask of the job board service providers you use; what beneficial add-on services some career site companies are offering to enhance the experience; and tips for attracting top talent to listings online. To register or for more information click here.

Integrating Social Media into your Recruitment Strategies
April 16, 2010

This brief webinar will give participants a basic understanding of each of the ‘hot’ social networking tools and a short description of highlights / how to use each. However, the majority of the session will focus on how employers are using these new resources to assist with recruitment. To register or for more information click here.

What Do Students Want from their First Employer?
August 20, 2010

Back by popular demand, this session will feature Campus Ambassadors to share first-hand what students want from their first employer and job. This discussion will provide examples of what employers are doing well and what they could improve on. To register or for more information click here.

HR Metrics- What Matters and What Doesn’t
October 22, 2010

During this session, the presenter will share thoughts on what measurements of recruitment and retention hold the most value and suggestions on ways to obtain this information as easily and effectively as possible. To register or for more information click here.

Management Tips for Remote Staff
December 10, 2010

From this webinar participants will review a few scenarios looking at several differing situations that managers may face when leading a remote employee and some best practices for managing the situation. To register or for more information click here.

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