The countdown is on! With less than a month to go before the AgCareers.com Ag & Food HR Roundtable, it’s time to get those last-minute registrations in to guarantee your spot to this fun, educational networking event held in Des Moines, Iowa August 2-4, 2016.
The Ag & Food HR Roundtable is an incredibly unique event tailored to all parties involved in the active recruitment and retention of North America’s agricultural workforce. This event sees all kinds of professionals in human resources, recruitment, college career services and agricultural associations from all industries come together to bond over the common issues we face and how we can work together to continue to build the agricultural industry.
As mentioned, career services personnel from universities, colleges and community colleges across the United States and Canada are a crucial part of the Ag & Food HR Roundtable, as major agricultural companies and association representatives are eager to connect with them in order to better their recruitment efforts. University professionals also take advantage of gathering with agriculture-specific career services professionals to share strategies and explore solutions to problems with one another.
Jennifer DeRosa, Assistant Director of Career and Academic Support with Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said that the network she has built by attending the Roundtable for four years is irreplacable.
“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the network I have been able to develop by regularly going to the Roundtable,” DeRosa said. “By attending I have been able to connect agriculture and food employers with our talented students, interact with folks from other schools to share best practices, and make new friends. As a university professional, it is an all-encompassing event for me: networking, professional development, and employer relations, all set in a very comfortable and welcoming environment.”
DeRosa said she is most looking forward to the session “Creating a Compelling Story for Working in Agriculture” by Mike Pearson.
“As a career office, we are aware of the need to educate and engage students across all majors in exploring a broader range of career paths and employers to meet growing employment needs,” DeRosa said.
Alicia Jackson, who works for Oklahoma State Unviersity Career Services in the employer relations realm, says that she is one of the few in her office who hasn’t attended the event yet but has heard nothing but good things about the Roundtable and is eager to attend this year.
“My expectations are to make some great connections and learn a whole lot more about the ag community,” Jackson said. “I am most looking forward to networking with others, but outside of that, I’m interested in learning more from the recruiting perspective. I work with a lot of employers in the United States, mostly in Oklahoma and Texas, and would love to gain more knowledge that I can share with them to help their recruitment strategies become more successful.”
It’s not too late to register! University professionals may attend the event at the low rate of $525. Visit our event page to learn more about the Ag & Food HR Roundtable and get registered!