2023 Produce Labor Conference

Join us Thursday, December 14, 2023 at the Pueblo Convention Center
for a solutions focused event with lunch featuring Colorado produce

When: Thursday, December 14 from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Where:  Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003

Lodging:  Book by Nov 29 at $115 per night with Courtyard Mariott Downtown Pueblo in the CFVGA room block.  This hotel is attached to the convention center for easy access to both spaces.  

Meals:  Breakfast is on your own.  Lunch and breaks are included.  

Registration:  Click here. $50 member/$70 non-member

Exhibitors spaces available:  Three hours of business networking time.
Set up afternoon of December 13.

Sponsors:  Free to Platinum and Gold.  $75 Silver.  $100 Bronze.   

Non-sponsors:    $125 member/$260 non-member.  $105 non-profit. 

10′ x 8′ booth with 6′ table and chairs.  Electricity $100.  FREE Wi-Fi.  

Wednesday, December 13

1:00 – 5:00 pm:  Primary Exhibitor Set Up 

Thursday, December 14

Breakfast on your own.  Marriott Bistro opens at 6:00 am

7:00 – 8:00 am:  Final Exhibitor Set Up

8:00 – 8:30 am:  Registration and networking with coffee and tea served

8:30 – 10:00 am:  General Session – Labor Research, Updates, and Compliance:  Colorado and Federal News

Join Dr. Ali Hill, Assistant Professor of Extension, UC Berkeley (formerly Associate Professor in the CSU Dept of Ag and Resource Economics) with a report on “Projected and Actual Impacts of Labor Factors for Colorado Farmers and Ranchers” with a focus on produce farms.

Jason Resnick, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Western Growers, provides overview of the Biden Rule, AEWR Rule, cost increases in VISA fees, and a proposal to increase petitition fees.

Join Eric Yohe (Labor Standards Outreach Manager, Division of Labor Standards & Statistics) and Tracy Marshall (FAMLI Division Director) from Colorado Department of Labor and Employment with Darius West (Outreach Specialist) from Colorado Department of the Treasury as they provide updates to:

Exhibitors take the stage and offer a pitch with why you should come visit their booth.

10:00 – 10:30 am:  Networking Break with coffee and tea served

10:30 – 11:30 am:  Morning Breakout Sessions

New to H-2A and need tips from the pros?  Join Kerri Owens, Foreign Labor Certification Specialist from Colorado Department of Labor, and Arnulfo Hinojosa, Vice President of FEWA

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Join Tom Bortnyk, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Mas Labor, with a deeper dive in H-2A changes and how to best navigate the new rules.  

11:30 – 12:00 pm:  Lunch featuring Colorado produce!

12:00 – 1:30 pm:  Networking with Exhibitors with afternoon grab and go snacks, water, coffee and tea at 1:00 pm

1:30 – 2:30 pm:  Afternoon Breakouts

Need new tools and strategies for reducing worker fatigue and increasing worker efficiency? Join us for an exploration of farm tested and emerging mechanization that can make the tasks easier and require fewer labor hours to complete.

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2:30 – 3:30 pm:  Closing session – Emerging Strategies for Business Management and Compliance with Overtime Rules

3:30 pm:  Adjourn

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