Event Start Date: November 15, 2017 1:00 PM
Event End Date: November 15, 2017 5:00 PM



DATE: 15 November 2017 (Wednesday) via long distance

TIME: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION: http://pdec.ifas.ufl.edu/inservice_training/ 


INSTRUCTORS: Fritz Roka1, Derek Farnsworth1, Zhengfei Guan1, and Steve Futch2

1Food and Resource Economics Dept – Immokalee, Gainesville, and Wimauma

2Multi-County Citrus Agent – Lake Alfred



  1. Outline the history, major details, and controversial issues associated with the current H-2A (agricultural guest worker) program.
  2. Describe compensable hours and how to correctly calculate minimum wage thresholds for H-2A workers.
  3. Discuss the current status of immigration reform and how the guest worker program is likely to change if comprehensive immigration reform is passed by the U.S. Congress.



1:00 – 1:30:     Welcome, introductions, and pre-test

1:30 – 2:20:     Description and brief history of the H-2A program

                        Current statistics and trends among agricultural guest workers

                        Recruitment process

                        Estimated costs and potential benefits of H-2A workers

2:20 – 2:30      Break

2:30 – 3:20:     What is “compensable” time?

                        Calculating whether a worker has received the AEWR (i.e. minimum wage)

                        Fulfilling the ¾ guarantee and other requirements in the “Job Order”

3:20 – 3:30      Break

3:30 – 4:30:     Status of federal immigration reform legislation

                        Proposed changes to H-2A program (i.e. H-2C visas)

4:30 – 5:00:     Program evaluation and post-test



  1. County extension faculty will be able to outline the recruitment process for hiring H-2A workers.
  2. County extension faculty will be able to list at least 3 positive and 3 negative attributes of the H-2A program.
  3. County extension faculty will be able to determine correctly the number of compensable hours and whether or not a worker, paid by piece rate, has satisfied the relative minimum wage requirements.
  4. County extension faculty will be able to outline how prospective changes to the current agricultural guest worker program