Have you thought about hiring farm employees but feel confused or unsure where to start? Join Practical Farmers of Iowa for a free webinar exploring how to hire different types of farm employees, and follow the rules while doing so, on Tuesday, April 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. central daylight time.
The webinar, titled "How to Hire Farm Laborers, By the Books," will feature two farmers who will share their experiences hiring farm laborers across the spectrum, from H-2A visa holders and migrant seasonal contract crews to regular part-time and full-time employees, as well as a panel of labor regulation experts from relevant state and federal agencies.
Jeanne Hansen, of Hansen Dairy at Hudson, Iowa (that's in Black Hawk County in northeast Iowa), employs people as part of the farm operation, processing facility and three retail locations. Ben Saunders operates Wabi Sabi Farm, an organic fruit and vegetable CSA farm near Granger (located in Dallas and Polk counties in central Iowa). He hires seasonal full-time employees, part-time employees and short-term contract crews, and works with volunteers on his farm.
The panel of labor relations experts includes:
* Michael Staebell, with the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division;
* Dave Eklund, with Iowa Workforce Development;
* Karen Pfab, with the Wage and Child Labor programs in the Division of Labor Services of Iowa Workforce Development; and
* Marco Adasme, state monitor advocate with Iowa Workforce Development.
Learn how to be legally compliant when hiring farm employees, during free webinar April 2
Practical Farmers of Iowa developed these interactive webinars – called farminars – in an effort to help farmers learn from each other from the convenience of their homes. Farminars are led by farmers, and many are presented in a "fish-bowl" format where attendees listen as an experienced farmer answers a beginning farmer's questions. To participate or see upcoming farminars, click here.
All archived farminars and audio podcasts of past farminars are also available at this link. The series is open to anyone, and any computer with an Internet connection may be used to participate. Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in PFI's network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits, vegetables and more. For information call 515-232-5661 or visit the PFI website.