Northern Michigan Agricultural Labor Program

Date: February 20, 2013
Location: Northwest Horticulture Research Station at 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684
Contact: NW Horticulture Research Station at 231-946-1510

This event is designed specifically for farm owners and managers. At the event you will be challenged by MSU Extension, Farm Bureau, Michigan Workforce Development Agency, Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement, and local grower speakers to “Think Outside the Box” in the labor management area, while assuring labor law compliance.

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8:00 a.m.
Moderator: New FARM Representative. “Registration and Visit Agencies Display Tables”

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
“What the Employment Services via Michigan Works and the Workforce Development Agency Can Do to Assist Employers: An overview of the Agricultural Recruitment System” -- Belen Ledezma, Director, Michigan Migrant, Immigrant & Seasonal Worker Services Workforce Development Agency

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
“An Update on Regulations that may affect Farm Employers”

  • Sharing Farm Labor
  • Housing
  • Competitive

Pay Craig Anderson, RCAP Program, Michigan Farm Bureau

10:00 a.m.
Break/Visit Agencies Display Tables

10:15 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
“I-9’s… Are You In Compliance In Case You Get a Visit?” -- Blair Babcock, Agent, Immigration and Citizenship Enforcement

"Learning to Think Differently about How We Harvest Crops" -- Nikki Rothwell and Pam Schmidt-Bardenhagen, New FARM Program

11:10 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Thinking Outside the Box – Labor Force” Jerry Stanek – High School Labor – A team approach! Jeff and Nita Send – High School and College Labor Cherry Bay Orchards – Retired Labor force

12:00 p.m. – Lunch

12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
“Thinking Outside the Box – Needed Infrastructure to make your farm the Place to Work” Pam and Steve Bardenhagen – Payroll Systems Ginger Bardenhagen – Housing Nikki Rothwell - Harvest Aids and Training Systems

1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
“Thinking Outside the Box – Management Systems that Work” Dawn Pater, Owner-Alliance Spa Consulting – How we Manage Labor for Business Success Stan Moore – Upping your Management Game: Recruiting, Retaining, and Engaging your Employees.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Open Discussion

3:30 p.m.

Registration is $10 per person. To register, or for more information, please call the NW Horticulture Research Station at 231-946-1510. The research station is located at 6686 S. Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684.

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