Faced with a shrinking domestic workforce, dairy producers in Michigan have increasingly turned to foreign-born workers. However, while farmers have complied with the labor laws, the risk of illegal workers has held back producers who desire to do what is right, but cannot determine the legal status of employees. In addition, the risk of employee turnover has been too high on many farms. This project will educate and prepare Michigan dairy farm employers for employment of screened and trained employees from Puerto Rico. These workers are legal residents of the US. The project will set up a sustainable system by establishing a partnership with the Extension faculty and staff of the University of Puerto Rico to provide the initial steps of screening and training in Puerto Rico and a system to bring employees to dairy farms that enroll and qualify for the program. The project will also work individually with farms to identify and reduce their employee turnover rate through teaching them improved employee management and hiring practices, and improved cultural understanding.

Registration for Dairy Labor Management Program is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2018.

Registration for Dairy Labor Management Program is open.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 31, 2018.

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Stan Moore at 231-533-8818 or moorest@anr.msu.edu.