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July 22, 2011   Email to Friend 

Debra Davis
July 22, 2011

MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- A series of summer seminars aimed at educating farmers about the state's new immigration law begins Monday, July 25 at the Semmes Community Center in Mobile.

"Our members support secure borders, but they are concerned about how this new law may impact their ability to hire or retain dependable workers," said David Cole, the Federation's director of agricultural legislation. "Farmers want to make sure they are in compliance with the new regulations, and they need to understand how the law will impact the workforce so they can make plans for the coming year."

Another seminar is set for Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., during the Commodity Producers Conference in Huntsville. It will feature Paul Schlegel of the American Farm Bureau Federation; Ted Hosp, an attorney with Maynard, Cooper and Gale in Birmingham; and Dan Bremer with Ag Works Inc., which helps farmers find temporary or seasonal workers.

Three other seminars are being conducted by Alabama Employers for Immigration Reform (ALEIR), of which the Federation is a member. ALEIR will educate employers about how the new law will impact their businesses. The seminars will feature attorneys from Maynard, Cooper and Gale; Capell and Howard; Balch and Bingham, and Bradley, Arant, Boult and Cummings.

Dates and locations of all ALEIR seminars are:

  • Mobile, July 25 at the Semmes Community Center
  • Birmingham, Aug. 3 at Rosewood Hall, Soho
  • Montgomery, Aug. 17 at the Gordon Persons Building Auditorium
  • Huntsville, Aug. 31, to be announced

Each seminar is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. The registration fee is $25.

A webinar sponsored by the Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be July 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To watch the event from any Web browser, go to aces.edu/go/172. Participants may connect at anytime, but will not see content until roughly 10:45 a.m. and no audio until the program begins. This event will be archived, so it may be viewed later by using the same link.

Questions may be submitted during the broadcast by email and should be directed to hort@auburn.edu.

An informational flyer about the ALEIR seminars is available in the PDF download below. For more information about these seminars, contact Mac Higginbotham in the Federation's Governmental and Agricultural Programs Department at 800-392-5705, ext. 5610 or mhigginbotham@AlfaFarmers.org.

Immigration Seminar Flyer

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