Cooperative Extension Service
Understanding Farm Labor Workshop
When: February 16, 2009
Where: U of A, Cooperative Extension Service, State Office
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 9, 2009
In an effort to assist growers with management and evaluation of their farm labor needs, the Arkansas Agriculture Department and the University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service Division of Agriculture are partnering to offer a workshop on understanding farm labor.
The one-day workshop will feature presentations from an industry expert in farm labor contracting, Arkansas Agriculture Department, a couple of grower presentations, and a farm labor housing specialist.
If you are involved in production agriculture, labor issues are a primary
concern for your operation. Regardless of your operation's size or enterprises
grown, labor availability and quality are areas that require attention and
management. This workshop will assist participants in identifying resources and
understanding the multiple hurdles that must be addressed to satisfy farm's
labor needs. Managing labor is important because costs associated with labor are
typically one of the largest components of production costs and usually make-up
more than half of the total production cost for specialty crop enterprises. This
workshop is beneficial for all agricultural producers regardless of operation
size or crop mix.
You do not have to be around produce farmers for very long before the conversation turns to farm workers. Whether expanding production or converting from grain crops, sourcing and managing a growing pool of labor is a skill set you must have. Our workshop will bring together labor consultants, local farmers, and other experts in the field to discuss the many aspects of hiring and housing local, foreign or guest workers. A particular emphasis will be put on the H2A program. - Tim Ellison, Marketing Director - Arkansas State Plant Board, Arkansas Agriculture Department
We are located at 2301 South University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.
For MapQuest directions, go to http://www.uaex.edu/findus/state_office.htm
Contact Brenda Duggins for more information or if you have any questions.
Sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
University of Arkansas System
University of Arkansas System • Division of Agriculture