By Audrey Sebolt
Over the years, agricultural labor shortages have intensified across many agricultural sectors. The ongoing pandemic has created further labor shortages in 2020 and for many sectors, COVID-19 regulations created tremendous confusion and an increased burden on Michigan agricultural employers.
Agricultural issues will not be resolved today, let alone tomorrow, therefore, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) would like to provide the latest information and resources to agricultural employers. To that end, MFB will host an agriculture labor series with the aim of educating employers about the latest COVID-19 regulations and the Farm Labor Survey and how it affects the Adverse Effect Wage Rate.
Resources and guidance on how to recruit reliable labor will also be discussed. Lastly, an update about the employment eligibility verification process and returning to normal I-9 practices will be provided and employers will be able to determine if their operation is in compliance.
This virtual series is scheduled to take place weekly, Jan. 28 through Feb. 18, but may be extended. Each session starts at noon (EST), and registration is free.
Employers from all agricultural segments and of any size are encouraged to listen in. The first session looked at the 2021 political landscape and its relevance to agriculture, in addition to several other topics:
Register at https://tinyurl.com/y4g4qpvq to join in on any of the upcoming sessions:
Finally, be sure to bring your questions about agriculture labor issues; MFB staff and guest speakers will be at your disposal!
Audrey Sebolt is MFB’s associate horticulture and industry relations specialist.