Ag Issues: Business Retention, Growth, and Recruitment

Learning sessions on issues of importance to the agricultural community, including workforce development, food safety, environmental stewardship, marketing and consumer literacy.
Ag Issues: Business Retention, Growth, and Recruitment - Workshops
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Language: English
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Ag Issues Breakfast: Understanding the H-2A Guest Worker Program

Sean High, Staff Attorney, Penn State Law

Wednesday, December 12, 7:15 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Each year many U.S. farmers struggle to find a willing and qualified supply of U.S. workers to meet their business needs. In response to this dilemma, the federal government has created the Temporary Agricultural Guest Worker Program, which is commonly known as H-2A. Under H-2A, qualifying employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic agricultural workers may petition the federal government for permission to bring non-immigrant foreign workers into the U.S. for temporary or seasonal agricultural employment. Compliance with the H-2A program, however, can be a daunting task. This presentation is intended to provide a basic understanding of the H-2A program and an overview of the steps necessary to acquire H-2A workers. Additionally, the presentation will provide an update of potential legislative changes that could affect the future employment of foreign agricultural workers.

Farm Labor 101: Helping Fruit and Vegetable Producers Understand Agricultural Labor Laws

Sean High, Staff Attorney, Penn State Law

Wednesday, December 12, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Adams County Agricultural and Natural Resources Center, 670 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Fruit and vegetable producers face numerous complex federal and state agricultural labor laws. Unfortunately, failure to comply with these laws could result in costly sanctions. To assist fruit and vegetable producers to better understand their agricultural labor legal obligations, an attorney from the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law will conduct a program addressing key farm labor issues. The program will provide attendees with information regarding legal requirements through a guided agricultural labor law self-assessment and agricultural labor law fact sheets. Issues to be covered include: minimum wage, overtime, child labor, migrant and seasonal workers, and other laws affecting fruit and vegetable producers.

Note: This session will also be live streamed as a webinar. Register to watch the streaming version.

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