Farm labor workshop set for Friday

LITTLE ROCK – A conference to help navigate the complexities of hiring, keeping and managing agricultural labor will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at the Cooperative Extension Service headquarters at Little Rock.

“This one-day conference is meant to help those engaged in understanding the increasingly complex issues of hiring agricultural labor,” said Ron Rainey, co-director of the Southern Region Risk Management Education Center.

Rainey is a professor of economics for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“We are offering training to help those in agriculture understand the ins and outs of markets, policies and regulations.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation.

Sessions and presenters include:

• Nuts and Bolts of Guest Worker Program – Sarah Farrell, International Labor Management Corp.

• Farm Labor Housing Assistance – John Newkirk, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.

• Louisiana Experiences and Perspectives, Brian Breaux, Louisiana Farm Bureau.

• Grower Perspectives & Issues, Jeremy Gulliam, Gulliam Farms

• Farm Labor Legal Issues, Harrison Pittman, National Agricultural Law Center.

There is no cost to take part. Register online at

farmlaborconference.htm. For more information Contact Brenda Duggins at 501-671-2259.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.