A conference to help navigate the complexities of hiring, keeping and managing agricultural labor is set for Nov. 16.
“This one-day conference is meant to help those engaged in understanding the increasingly complex issues of hiring agricultural labor,” said Ron Rainey, co-director of the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center. Rainey is a professor of economics for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “We are offering training to help those in agriculture understand the ins and outs of markets, policies and regulations.”
- Nuts and Bolts of Guest Worker Program – Sarah Farrell, International Labor Management Corporation.
- Farm Labor Housing Assistance – John Newkirk, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
- Louisiana Experiences and Perspectives, Brian Breaux, Louisiana Farm Bureau.
- Grower Perspectives & Issues, Jeremy Gulliam, Gulliam Farms.
- Farm Labor Legal Issues, Harrison Pittman, National Agricultural Law Center.
The conference will be held at the Cooperative Extension Service headquarters, 2301 S. University in Little Rock and is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.
There is no cost to take part. Register online at http://survey.uaex.edu/AgEconomics/farmlaborconference.htm. For more information contact Brenda Duggins at (501) 671-2259.