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Jim Lummus & Joseph Folsom - Employee Care Assistance & the Affordable Care Act


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Employee Care Assistance & the Affordable Care Act - Jim Lummus & Joseph Folsom, National Pork Board, from the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, January 22-23, Des Moines, IA, USA.

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Jim Lummus & Joseph Folsom - Employee Care Assistance & the Affordable Care Act

  1. 1. Jim Lummus National Pork Board
  2. 2. “It’s about the people too”
  3. 3. PorkSquare℠ One-Stop Shop for: •Available internships •A scholarship warehouse •Descriptions of the wide range of pork industry careers •A virtual mentor program •Vignettes of professionals in the industry •Further education opportunities •Social media links
  4. 4. Blog with Tip, Tricks and Information Follow us on Twitter @PorkSquare Featured Internships & Scholarships Advanced Search Features for Internships, Scholarships and more.
  5. 5. Professional Swine Manager Curriculum • Community College Career Technical program • 5 courses focused on knowledge to support application of production practices • Target audience: • Primary: current employees • Secondary: vocation oriented students • Classes qualify for college credit within the community college system. • Classroom instruction will be delivered via the internet from community college instructors experienced in swine production. 8
  6. 6. Courses Include • Introduction to Swine Production • Breeding Stock Management • Nursery and Finishing Management • Employer/Employee Issues • Facility Maintenance • Swine Record Systems • Internship/Work Experience 9
  7. 7. Recognition 10
  8. 8. Certification Coveys Status • Individual is formally certified by National Pork Board to possess a clearly defined level of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for competent performance as a swine production manager
  9. 9. Why? Who Benefits? • Individual • Recognition • Career Advancement • Farm Business • Better educated managers=better farm performance • Convey to customers that you provide “Professional” staff to manage production
  10. 10. Certified Swine Manager Requirements Pass a test 150 questions 3 hour time limit Proctored by designated supervisor Demonstrate work experience Designated supervisor will verify the candidate has demonstrated technical and managerial competencies by scoring applicant on their ability to conduct task on their own without supervision. 13
  11. 11. Certified Swine Manager Options • Certified Swine Manager Reproduction • Certified Swine Manager Wean to Finish
  12. 12. Building a Human Resource Management Department is a huge and at times a daunting undertaking.
  13. 13. Comprehensive set of “Human Resource Management Tools”
  14. 14. When you make it “All about the people’ you will: •Increase employee satisfaction •Lower Turnover Rates •Decrease variations across farm operation •Increased efficiencies •Lower production cost •Manage Legal Risk •Mange Image Risk •Improve animal care •Improve Farm Business Performance
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