Agriculture is dependent on the men and women that choose to live in rural America. Today, less than 2% of Americans farm or ranch as their occupation. The future of agriculture and food production is dependent on recruiting and retaining good people dedicated to producing safe, wholesome and nutritious food. On April 24, 2019, Production Animal Consultation, otherwise known as PAC, will host a summit in Manhattan, Kansas, on the campus of Kansas State University to address how to attract, train and retain employees on the farm or ranch. Registration for this event.
“Faith, freedom, friends and food. This meeting will bring people together to understand the opportunities in agriculture for people to continue their calling of service to others,” said Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and PAC member. “Serving others while making a good life for you and your family is what it is all about in rural America.”
Mark Nutsch, a Kansas native and Green Beret will deliver the keynote address. Mr. Nutsch served as a Special Forces team captain that helped overthrow the Taliban. His motivating story on commitment, purpose, heroism and hope highlights the saga of his Special Forces team that overcame odds to win a key and historic military victory that was portrayed in the movie 12 Strong featuring actor Chris Hemsworth as Mark.
Leaders from the beef, dairy, swine and farming industries, as well as key agricultural and rural stakeholders and policymakers, are invited to attend this meeting to network, provide opinion and discuss how to sustain our rural businesses and communities by focusing on providing people opportunities in agriculture. The agenda includes topics from the current demographics of the rural workforce, rural veterinary services, recruitment to your business, team building on the farm or ranch, cultural diversity in agriculture and inspirational programs tying food and freedom in serving our country. A glimpse of the agenda includes:
- An Overview of the Rural Workforce - Dr. Corbin Stevens, PAC, and Russell Plaschka, Kansas Department of Agriculture
- Rural Veterinary Shortages and Opportunities - Dr. Randall Spare, PAC and Ashland Veterinary Center
- Recruiting Employees and Team Building - Brian Vulgamore, Vulgamore Family Farms
- Freedom and Food: Helping Soldiers Find a Career in Agriculture - Lieutenant General Mike Dodson, US Army, Retired, The SAVE Farm
- Issues Facing Rural Labor – Senior Representative, United States Department of Agriculture
- Success in Rural America: Hispanic Workforce Needs and Understanding - Dr. Dan Thomson, Kansas State University (moderator); Samuel Cossio, Easterday Ranches; Alfredo Juarez, National Beef Packing Company; Socorro Martinez, Merck Animal Health; Siddartha Torres, Merck Animal Health; and Jose Valles, PAC
Additionally, attendees are invited to the Upson Lecture Series on Tuesday evening, April 23, at 6:30 PM. Samuel Cossio of Easterday Ranches will be presenting “Endless Opportunities for All in American Agriculture.”
PAC is a leading food animal veterinary consulting group. In the U.S., PAC veterinary members consult health and well-being of cattle for feedlots representing over 20% of the cattle on feed. PAC’s focus is on enthusiastically providing production animal consultation through a unique combination of services such as stockmanship and animal welfare; training and education of animal health teams; data collection, analysis and reporting through a proprietary database; and quality-driven scientific field study research.