The Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) will be offering a series of courses in Bakersfield and St. Helena designed specifically for agricultural human resources professionals and others who address personnel matters for their company. Classes can be taken individually or as part of a curriculum leading to a certificate and designation. Western Growers is a co-sponsor of the program.

Professionals with HR responsibilities should consider completing this certification to stay current on various issues that include legal compliance and employee relations.

Competitive compensation is one of the major issues every organization must face in balancing productivity with cost. On May 24, Western Growers’ Senior Vice President of Human Resources Karen Timmins will lead a workshop that explores current concepts, approaches, and techniques that shape the development of compensation strategy, plans and policy.

Attendees will also learn approaches for communicating compensation programs to employees and for monitoring the effectiveness of compensation policy. Timmins will cover topics including the following:

Farmer Veteran Coalition, a national nonprofit organization that assists military veterans embarking on careers in agriculture, will host a Veteran Career Fair April 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Satellite Student Union aboard California State University, Fresno. The event provides a public platform to allow the Coalition to continue building on its mission to mobilize veterans to feed America, especially as the national unemployment rate among veterans continues to climb.

Jeff Janas


Human Resources

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