GFVGA to Offer Labor Forum

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By Clint Thompson

One of the main topics impacting Georgia fruit and vegetable producers will be the focus of a two-day forum in Tifton, Georgia on Nov. 9-10.

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) will present the annual Georgia Ag Labor Relations Forum at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center the second week of November.

The in-person event will update growers, office managers and industry leaders about new rules and regulations amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

“This labor forum does a lot for us. Policy wise, it keeps everybody on the same page and pulling in the same direction,” said Drew Echols, GFVGA President. “But it seems like once a month something’s changing. The Trump Administration, they waived this. And then the Biden Administration brings it back, or vice versa. What happens is, you get to go to a forum like this and you get all the regulations and all the rules presented to you in such a way that we can understand it and we can ask questions and feel like we’re not going to get a bullseye put on our operation. We’re in a setting we’re all comfortable with and can ask questions. It’s just an opportunity for us to get updated on changes.”

According to a GFVGA press release, topics this year will include, Political Outlook on Ag Labor Policies; Farm Labor Modernization Act; Wage Calculations and Audit Prep; Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation in the Workplace; What’s up with AEWR; H-2A Updates and H-2A Basics; and H-2B Updates.

Click here to register. Attendees who register before Oct. 8 can take advantage of the Early Bird Registration and pay $225. The price will increase to $250 afterward.

For more information on this event, visit, www.georgiaaglaborforum.com.