12:00 – 2:00 pm
Optional Purdue Tour
Take in the sights and
sounds of beautiful Purdue University! This brief tour
will showcase the highlights of some of the interesting
agriculture work taking place at Purdue. This tour is a
great way to see some of the campus as well as get
started networking with other conference participants.
*Registration with RSVP must be received by July 10th to
participate. (Space is limited)
3:15 – 4:00 pmKEYNOTE:A Focus on Human Capital Development in AgricultureHear from our co-host, Purdue University, as they share from a university perspective how the importance of human capital development plays a more critical role in agribusiness today than ever before. Purdue University will welcome participants and focus discussions on what they see as critical skills, characteristics and knowledge necessary to succeed and survive in the future of agriculture.
Presented by: Dean Jay Akridge & Dr. Allan Gray, Purdue University
4:00 – 5:00 pmKEYNOTE:The ‘Buzz’ of Ag and Its Impact on Human ResourcesAn informative session on some of agriculture’s top macro trends and hot topics of today and tomorrow – participants will take away how these emerging trends will impact recruitment and retention of human capital within the industry. Learn what we should be telling job seekers, both students and experienced professionals, about the evolving and exciting agriculture industry. The agriculture industry is poised for even more change in the upcoming years, more so than any other industry. How we influence and inform current employees of these respective changes is crucial for an organization’s success.
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Join us for the official
opening of the AgCareers.com 2011 Ag HR Roundtable and
begin to network early! This social event is a great way
to reconnect with old friends and meet new participants.
Begin to discuss some of the topics with peers and what
you hope to take away from the conference over cocktails
and heavy appetizers.
8:00 – 9:00 amTable Topics (Optional Breakfast)This fun networking opportunity allows participants to explore and discuss a topic that is relevant to them and their organization with peers wanting to explore that same topic. A variety of topics will be available to be selected from that morning – choice of topic is first come, first serve. Topic examples include: healthcare reform; new things in resumes; international internships; employer pet peeves; SWAG ideas; clichés in hiring; and much more. Breakfast will be served! *Registration with RSVP must be received by July 10th to participate.
9:30 – 10:30 amRaising the Bar – Student Recruitment into the Agriculture IndustryLike many industries, the agriculture industry will need more young talent to fill the plentiful job opportunities within the industry. An additional hurdle that agriculture has to overcome is the perception that career opportunities within the industry are not abundant, production focused and low paying. While we know that this is not entirely true, convincing youth and their parents of this is a challenge. This session will discuss ideas for how we as an industry can do a better job of marketing agriculture as a whole and when the appropriate time is to do so. We’ll review how diversity, Generation Z and upcoming trends will play a part in this as well as industry gaps that hold job possibilities for this upcoming generation. Participants will take away tangible ideas for how employers and academia can interact to achieve the common goal of raising the level of talent entering agriculture programs.
Presented by: Dan Rice, Alltech
11:00 – 12:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Understanding
As an employer, have you ever called
the career services professional at the local university for
advice on selecting the best student? Or, as a career services
professional, have you ever been perplexed by why an employer
chooses not to be flexible about an offer? Well, this session is
for you! A guided panel discussion featuring both employers and
career services representatives will help participants
understand some of those longing questions about recruitment.
Panelists will share how to most appropriately interact with
students, alumni and career services during the recruitment
process. Also covered will be typical practices and timelines
employers utilize as well as some of the changing facets being
seen in terms of recruitment. Panelists will touch on how
recruitment practices vary for non-traditional majors, 2-year
schools and experienced professionals. To wrap up the session,
conference participants will have time to ask their own specific
Moderated by: Ashley Collins, AgCareers.com
Presented by a panel of industry and university/college
1:30 – 2:30 pmSpecial Session: Influencing the Development of TalentIn this unique session, Roundtable participants will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to help identify and influence how talent is developed from an educational standpoint. In conjunction with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, participants can contribute to a nationwide survey to help identify the skill sets the agriculture industry values in employees. This information will be used to help identify gaps and therefore help develop curriculum that will cover these gaps. Results of our audience’s input will be immediate and followed with a facilitated discussion of those results. This is an opportunity for employers and career services professionals to have a voice in what gets conveyed to youth about the skills necessary to succeed in the agriculture industry.
Presented by: Pat Crawford & Suzanne Lang, Michigan State University; and Josef Broder, University of Georgia
Human Resources Management
Effective Performance Management
Moving a ‘B’ player to an ‘A’ player
is something that most employers strive for. The cost of
retaining and improving a current employee versus that of
recruiting for a new employee is a much more cost effective
option for organizations. However, how to do so effectively and
quickly can be a challenge. This session will review why
performance management is so important; current trends in
performance management; what systems/tools are available; and
tips for positively resolving conflict. Finally, participants
will have an opportunity to discuss as a group and share ideas
with each other.
Presented by: Rob Burn, AAIM Employers Association
Best Practices in On-Boarding
On-boarding a new employee into an
organization is oftentimes looked at as a one week to one month
process. However, to be truly effective, companies should look
at the process to train and fully engage a new employee into the
organization as at least a 6-month to full year process, known
as on-boarding. This session will share some of the best
practices in developing and implementing a successful
on-boarding program as well as why it is so important.
Presented by: Mark Berry, ConAgra Foods
University TrackPreparing Students for a Total Compensation PackageFrom a career services perspective, the ever-changing compensation package can be a tricky thing to navigate. With new healthcare options and retirement planning, helping students understand and evaluate all of the options employers make available to students can be daunting. This session will take a look at many of the most common compensation package components as well as examples of additional items that employers are using to leverage their compensation packages. The presenter will also share some pointers on how to evaluate these components and provide guidance to students.
Presented by: Tom Drake, Pioneer Hi-Bred
7:30 – 8:30 am
Social Media in the
Workplace – Optional Breakfast
As social media has grown in
popularity, it has created a new set of issues and
challenges for employers, from employees using Facebook
and Twitter in the workplace to utilizing social media
to profile potential employees. As this new medium
continues to develop, organizations will have to revisit
policies on technology usage in the workplace; ethics of
communication and profiling; as well as corporate social
media presence during non-work hours. This session will
provide participants with positive ways to address and
handle these issues within their organizations.
*Registration with RSVP must be received by July 10th to
Presented by: Eve Mayer
Orsburn, Social Media Delivered
8:45 – 9:45 am
Utilizing Employer Brand
to Enhance Recruitment
(New and Experienced Professionals)
Employer branding has been
around for awhile. Now that companies have all caught
on, what is it about an employer brand that helps
recruit the right talent for an organization? This
session will explore how to enhance your employer brand
to hone in on the candidates that best fit the job and
company culture, knowing that not all candidates are a
fit. Participants will take away ideas on how to explain
to a job seeker why they fit here versus there and how
that message needs to be tweaked for experienced
professionals versus entry level professionals. In a
case study format, hear how one company was able to
focus on employment brand to achieve recruitment and
Presented by: Darlene
Godsey, Novozymes North America, Inc.
Human Resources Management TrackGetting a Foothold on Effective Career Pathing and Succession Planning StrategyDetermining an approach or strategy to effective career pathing /succession planning can be one of the single most influential components to understanding recruitment needs. The ability to understand the needs and therefore drive recruitment efforts can lead to substantial cost savings. The challenge is that organizations have different needs or philosophy as to how to do career pathing/succession planning effectively and efficiently.This session will provide several examples of models that organizations are using with some success as well as how to translate that to employees and potential employees. Finally, this session will conclude with an open discussion for session participants about this topic. Presented by: Marvis Meyers, AAIM Employers Association
HR Metrics – What Should
We Be Measuring?
To further validate programs
and resources, business professionals look to business
metrics to help guide decision making. This is no
different for human resources and the business practices
that are derived around human capital. However, there
are so many things that can be measured and when dealing
with people how things are measured isn’t so clear.
During this session participants will explore what some
of the traditional metrics still being used are and
their importance as well as new metrics. This session
will also explore what to do with those metrics once
they’ve been found. Like several of the other concurrent
sessions, this session will conclude with an open
discussion where participants can share how they use HR
metrics within their organizations.
Dr. Sara Mann, University of Guelph
University TrackBeg, Borrow and Share SessionIn This closed session, open only for university and college career professionals, is a perfect opportunity for the exchanging of ideas in a variety of areas as it pertains to the career services or faculty role. Topics could include getting more involvement from employers; counseling students; working with alumni; career fair planning; and much more. This session is truly for idea sharing.
Moderated by: Paula Beecher, Clemson University
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