Michigan Farm Bureau members often note labor availability as their number-one issue. Member-approved policy has called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, address the status of undocumented agricultural workers and develop a workable guest worker program for agriculture.
The lack of any resolution in this area by Congress, coupled with an acute shortage of workers following the freeze event in 2012, led Michigan Farm Bureau to establish Great Lakes Ag Labor Services, (GLALS) LLC under the Farm Bureau Family of Companies.
GLALS’ sole mission is to assist members in securing a stable, legal and qualified workforce through the federal H-2A foreign worker visa program. GLALS continues to grow and has been successful in meeting the needs of members for temporary, seasonal workers. However, the current H-2A program cannot be used for year-round jobs, which are also going unfilled.
To further address member needs related to labor, both seasonal and year-round, GLALS would like to hear from you through a very simple and brief survey tool to gain further insight.
Please click on the link below and invest just two minutes of your time to tell us what you need. Your responses will be kept confidential.
Results from the survey will direct MFB on next steps and help prioritize our resources to best meet your labor challenges.
You will note the last question is whether you are open to further discussions to help provide feedback as we develop our response.
Thank you in advance for your input. GLALS looks forward to developing additional solutions to address your agricultural labor needs.