2014 Agriculture Labor and Farm Safety Meetings

Three upcoming Agriculture Labor and Farm Safety Meetings will be held in Bad Axe, Shepherd and Cadillac.

Rules, regulations and record keeping requirements are continually being updated in the agriculture labor area. Michigan State University Extension has partnered with several State, Federal, and local partners to bring a series of agriculture labor meetings to Michigan. A total of eight meetings are being held across the State. Three of these meetings are being held in Bad Axe (March 12), Shepherd (March 13), and Cadillac (March 19) and are can be registered for online. A brochure for each program is also available at the registration site. The registration fee for each of these three programs is $35 per person and includes lunch.

Each of the programs will have refreshments available at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. The morning session will include guest speakers from ICE (Homeland Security Investigations), State of Michigan, MSU Extension, MSU and Farm Bureau. Topics will include I-9 Updates and Image, Workforce Development Agency and Migrant Resource Council Services, Recruiting and Retaining Labor, Ag Labor Law Updates, Employee Handbooks, and How the Affordable Care Act Effects Agriculture. After lunch, there will be a Farm Safety session by Farm Bureau and MSU. There will be three RUP credits available to those participating in the afternoon session. The program will adjourn at 4 p.m.

Managing your workforce and complying with labor laws requires you to keep up to date on many fronts. Keeping yourself and your workforce safe will impact productivity, profitability, and most importantly save lives. Plan to attend one of these meetings to improve this area of your farm business management.

Other MSUE labor programs offered in Michigan this year include meetings in Adrian (March 14) and Traverse City (March 18). To register for the Adrian program go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/SEAglabor. To register for the TC program call the NW Horticulture Research Station at 231-946-1510. Program agendas are unique to these two locations based on local grower input.

For information on any of these programs contact me at moorest@msu.edu.

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