A two-day conference designed to help agriculture human resource managers will be held April 3-4 at the Ashmore Inn in Lubbock, said a Texas Cooperative Extension specialist.

The conference, Effective Employee Management in Agribusiness, will feature experts from around the country who will address problems of hiring, retaining and disciplining employees, said Dr. Steve Amosson, Extension economist in Amarillo. The experts also will discuss the paperwork involved in dealing with a multi-cultural workforce.

"We held a similar conference in Amarillo with the same speakers," Amosson said. "We received a number of comments from participants saying how great and knowledgeable the speakers were and how this was the best conference on personnel management they ever attended.

"In fact, a six-month post meeting survey of participants revealed that 91 percent of respondents had changed their personnel management practices based on what they learned in the conference," he said. "All I can say is that if you have any problems with personnel management, attending this conference is a must."

Dr. Bernie Erven, with Ohio State University's department of agricultural, environmental and development economics, will open the general session with "Cultivating Culture," focusing on creating an environment where people can succeed, Amosson said. Erven also will talk about transformational leadership and conduct a break-out session, "Being a Boss vs. Being a Friend."

Other speakers are Dr. Tom Fuhrmann, owner and operator of Dairy Works in Phoenix, Ariz.; Dr. Gregory Billikopf, a labor management farm advisor with the University of California Agricultural Extension; Shawn Twing, a labor and employment lawyer in Amarillo; and Sarah Fogleman, Kansas State University Extension agricultural economist.

Registration is $125 per person, and $100 for each additional registrant from the same operation if postmarked by March 19. After March 19, the registration fee is $150 per person.

The conference is open to any interested individuals and is sponsored by Plains Cotton Growers Inc., Purina Mills LLC, Select Milk Producers Inc., Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas Cotton Ginner's Association, Extension and Texas Extension Education Foundation.

Partial funding for the conference is provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center.

For a registration form, go to http://mastermarketer.tamu.edu . Make checks payable to: TEEF Acct. # 8200 and mail to Personnel Management Conference, Box 946, College Station, TX 77841-0946. For more information, contact Margaret Freeman at 806-677-5600.