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Roundtable Delivers Takeaways for All
By Bonnie Johnson,

Resilience, diversity, talent gaps, career ownership, open markets, genius-makers; these unique themes emerged as hiring managers, human resources, university/career services staff and more agribusiness professionals gathered for’s 16th Annual North American Ag & Food HR Roundtable.


Oklahoma State University was the host for this year’s roundtable event on their Tulsa Campus, August 7-9, 2018. Participants gathered from around the country to hear distinguished speakers and discuss trending topics such as Managing People in Distress, Promoting Rural America, Sexual Harassment, Digital Recruitment, and Inclusion & Retention.


Beyond the learning and continuing education credits awarded, participants said the networking opportunities were priceless. Attendees met new contacts at the roundtable, but also connected during optional events, such as the tour of Oklahoma State University, the welcome reception, and discussion breakfasts. Participants were treated to a night out at the Gilcrease Museum. They explored the comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West, then enjoyed a delicious dinner and networking…with a stunning view!


If you hire or manage talent, or work with students in agriculture and food, you need to be at the Roundtable! Mark your calendar for next year’s event, August 6-8, 2019. Location to be announced soon!


Explore more about the Roundtable by searching #AgRT on social networks. Ensure you’re on the mailing list for next year’s event by sending a request to


Thanks again to our sponsors for supporting the 2018 Roundtable: Oklahoma State University, Seaboard Foods, BASF, Cargill, Merck, Valent, Wilbur-Ellis, Corteva, Gavilon, OK Foods, Renewable Energy Group, and The Noble Research Institute.