Savanna Barksdale has joined Great Lakes Ag Labor Services (GLALS) as the Associate Labor Program Coordinator.
Barksdale has family ties to farmers and ranchers and has a strong interest in serving agricultural producers. In her new role, she will be the main point of contact for her clients and will oversee all facets of the H-2A application filing. She will also assist the GLALS team with bilingual on-boarding of H-2A workers, through the remainder of the peak worker arrival season.
Barksdale brings a wealth of experience to the GLALS team, with an extensive background in the agricultural industry. She most recently served as the government relations manager at the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA), helping members with a cattle traceability pilot program, leading development of online and mobile auction bidding software, and assisting with regulatory and policy efforts. Prior to her time at TCFA, Barksdale worked in communications for the Texas Corn Producers Association.
Barksdale graduated magna cum laude from the Honors College at Texas Tech University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications as well as a minor in Spanish and Political Science.
“I am excited to join the Great Lakes Ag Labor team and work with growers and seasonal guestworkers to help address the critical labor shortage that the U.S. agriculture industry faces,” said Barksdale. “For me, being part of the Farm Bureau Family of Companies means I’ve joined a powerhouse of ag advocates to learn from and work alongside.”
Started through member direction in 2015, GLALS was established as an affiliate company to help Farm Bureau members secure legal foreign workers for temporary agricultural employment through the federal H-2A visa program.
Following six successful years of operation, GLALS continues to grow and the need and demand for additional labor on farms has not slowed. In 2020 GLALS served 58 member farms to help bring in over 1,800 H-2A workers while also expanding services into Indiana and Ohio.