Farm Labor Supervisor Training Coming in Fall

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Carlene Thissen, project coordinator for farm labor supervisor training at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, discusses the training scheduled for this fall.

“We have for the last five years offered training to farm labor supervisors,” Thissen says. “So basically the way we say it, regarding farm workers, we make their bosses better. And we make sure that they know all the laws that keep the farm workers safe, fairly paid and in a comfortable working environment.”

The training will be conducted over two days at each of four locations. Training sessions will be October 10-11 at the Highlands County Extension office in Sebring, October 17-18 at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Wimauma, November 7-8 at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee, and November 14-15 at the Turner Agri-Civic Center in Arcadia.

The first day of classes will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. First day topics are Farm Labor Contractor Basics and Navigating H-2A, Wage/Hour Regulations and Managing H-2A Workers, ECOC Compliance (Harassment and Discrimination) and Management Communications.

The second day of classes will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Second day topics are Healthy Farm Employees (Controlling Hypertension, Managing Diabetes, Managing Stress, and Healthy and Safe Physical Motion); Heat Stress Prevention; and Hand Labor Equipment Safety.

Attendees who pass tests in all classes will receive a Certificate of Farm Labor Management. Fees are $50 per class or $350 for two full days.

“If anyone would like to come and help us and be a sponsor, we’d love to have you,” Thissen says.

See the program flyer here.

More information is available from Thissen at Carlene@ufl.edu.

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Ernie Neff

Ernie Neff

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