DEC 5, 2018 LABOR CONFERENCE

Labor recruiting and retention affects all Colorado produce farms.   Join CFVGA December 5, 2018 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, Aurora, Colorado in our first in-depth conference devoted to understanding the current condition, learning updates on current and new programs, and finding innovative solutions for Colorado fruit and vegetable growers.   The CFVGA Produce Labor Conference will feature live labor saving technology demos and a pitch and discuss session with labor solutions innovators.

 

Logistics

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Conference location:  Arapahoe County Fairgrounds
25690 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora, CO  80016

Registration opens October 1.  Early registration ends Nov 27 at midnight
Member pricing:  $40 early/$50 late
Non-member pricing:  $60 early/$70 late
Click here for online registration

Lodging
CFVGA has a small block of rooms for $139 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites 
24192 E Prospect Avenue, Aurora, CO

Exhibitors

Get your labor solutions in front of Colorado produce growers with a 10′ booth space.  CFVGA sponsors are eligible for a free to low cost booth space guaranteed if requested by Oct 1.

Space includes 6′ table, pipe and drape behind your booth, and two chairs and free wifi.  Electricity is available for free upon request.

Click here for the exhibitor space request form and submit it asap.  Up to 15 total spaces available.

CFVGA seeks innovators to present at the conference!

Tech Demos RFP 
Do you have a product in the marketplace that solves labor issues on farm?  Submit your proposal by Oct 15 and CFVGA will select up to 4 companies for an exclusive opportunity to demo your product to a live conference audience in small groups for discussion and feedback.  All selected will receive a free booth, lodging for one night and free Dec 5 conference registration. The conference audience will vote on their top solution and the winner receives a 1 year scholarship with the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology valued at $3000.

Pitch and Discuss RFP
Got a great idea not yet in the marketplace that can help with labor supply, technology and management?  Submit your proposal by Oct 15 and CFVGA will select up to 6 to pitch their ideas for 5 minutes then discuss with the conference audience for feedback.  All selected will receive free registration to the Dec 5 conference.  The audience will select a winner to receive free registration at the CFVGA Annual conference February 25-26, 2019 in Denver ($130 value).

Interested in farmworker issues?

CFVGA encourages you to attend the Colorado Agriculture and Farm Labor Summit
December 3 – 4, 2018 | Colorado Springs

In an effort to foster solutions for farmworkers and produce farm employers, CFVGA collaborated with conference planners in 2017 to seed deeper understanding.  In 2018, we are collaborating again to learn and explore ways to meet the needs of employees and employers.  Click here for more details and look under the “Conference/Events” tab

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Exhibitor set-up option 1

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018

6:00 – 7:00 AM

Exhibitor set-up option 2

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Registration and Breakfast, Visit with Exhibitors

8:00 – 8:15 AM

Opening remarks with audience polling and interaction

Robert Sakata, CFVGA President

Robert is a Colorado native and now owns Sakata Farms which was started in 1945 by his father. The operation has grown to 2500 acres growing fresh market cabbage, dry bulb onions, sweet corn, pinto bean, field corn and winter wheat. Robert served for 15 years on the state of Colorado’s Water Quality Control Commission appointed by 3 different Governors. He also served as the Adams County Farm Bureau President and on the Adams County Open Space Advisory Committee. Currently he is on two local ditch boards, serves as the agricultural representative on the metro roundtable, is a member of the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Congress.

After graduating Brighton High School Robert attended the University of Colorado Boulder and worked for AmGen in their molecular biology research department. Returning to the farm in 1989 Robert has worked to encourage the shrinking farm community to become more involved in the many issues that they face.

8:15 – 9:00 AM

Trends in U.S. Domestic and International Farm Worker Situation

Session description

Jason Resnick, VP and General Counsel for Western Growers, offers a perspective based on the Western Growers Labor Committee regarding factors and trends in availability of domestic and international farm workers.

Jason Resnik, VP, Western Growers Association

Jason Resnick joined Western Growers in 2003 as a staff attorney. Today as Vice President and General Counsel, he has responsibility for overseeing the organization’s legal affairs.  Jason works closely with the Western Growers executive team on legal, business and policy matters and he has primary staff responsibility for the Western Growers Labor Committee.

Prior to joining Western Growers, Jason was a litigator at a prominent Orange County law firm. His litigation experience includes trying jury and bench trials, administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies, and drafting appellate briefs to the California Supreme Court and state and federal courts of appeal.

Jason is a frequent speaker and magazine contributor on employment law and ag labor availability issues. He serves on the board of directors for the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) and is a past co-chair of the Agribusiness Committee of the State Bar of California.

Jason received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine and his JD from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Domestic workers hard to find?  Learn how H2A solutions may work for both small to large growers.

Session description

Hear from a panel of professionals how to get the most out of H2A.  Whether you are a seasoned H2A employer or think H2A is not a fit for you, this session will give you actionable next steps and resources.

Kerry Scott, MAS Labor

Panel segment:  Joint employer H2A application for small farms

Kerry is Program Manager for MAS Labor, based in Lovingston, Virginia, the country’s largest supplier of H-2A and H-2B legal guest workers.  MAS provides H-2 services in 46 states and in virtually every agricultural sector from apiculture to viticulture.  Kerry originally made farm calls for MAS; advising clients on how to stay in compliance with the highly regulated H-2A program.  Kerry’s responsibilities now include business development for MAS, reporting directly to the owners of the company.  This work has him exhibiting and speaking to agricultural and horticultural groups all over the country.  Recent participants have credited Kerry as being the first speaker to leave them truly understanding the H-2A program.

Jason Resnick, VP and General Counsel for Western Growers,

Panel segment:  Farm labor contractors and use of H2A workers

Speaker pending

Panel segment:  A small employer perspective on H2A

 

Speaker pending

Panel segment:  What is recommended for an optimal H2A application

 

Speaker pending

Panel segment:  Funding for worker housing

 

10:00 – 10:30 AM

Visit with Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:30 AM

Colorado Ag and Farm Labor Summit feedback

Session description

Hear conference leads from the Dec 3 – 4 Colorado Ag and Farm Labor Summit in Colorado Springs, (a conference focusing on the needs of farm workers) regarding their participants’ thoughts on how to improve domestic farmworker recruitment, discuss in small groups, and offer grower feedback.

Speaker pending

11:30 – 12:30

Lunch

12:30 – 1:30

Innovative solutions:  tech demos

Session description

Ready to see labor saving tech demos?  Participants break into small groups and see live demos of labor saving technologies up close and personal and then vote on the labor solution that could be most beneficial to their farms.  The winner receives a free one year scholarship to the Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology.

Presenters pending

1:30 – 1:45 PM

Visit with Exhibitors

1:45 – 3:00 PM

Grower/labor provider speed dating

Session description

Not for romance, but in a speed dating format, participants meet and ask questions of various domestic and international labor providers such as farm labor contractors, mobile workforce providers, web based job finder services, etc.

Labor providers pending

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Innovative solutions: pitch and discuss

Session description

Hear innovators pitch up-and-coming solutions including but not limited to finding qualified ag labor, technology and management, discuss ideas with presenters in small groups, give feedback and then vote on a winner!  The winner receives free two day 2019 Annual Conference registration.

Presenters pending