The Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Program Cannot Operate in a Silo ... You Play a Key Role

The Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW) talent pool is a vital factor in the growth and success of our agriculture industry.

Michigan Works! Agencies and Talent Investment Agency staff are key to connecting them to opportunities here in Michigan.

This system-approach training will provide an overview of the MSFW program, recent updates per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as effective outreach practices for connecting with migrant and seasonal farm labor to meet Michigan’s needs.

Training topics will include:

  • Apparent Violations
  • MSFW identification
  • Processing job orders and H-2A job openings and applicant pools
  • Language barriers - the applicant pool is predominately Spanish-speaking and your employer is English-speaking. Learn how to meet the demands of employers in this situation, while being sensitive to the preferences, needs, and skills of this talent pool
  • Functional Coordination
  • An overview of the National Farmworker Jobs Program
Key Takeaways
  • Writing local Agriculture Job Orders and the role each partner plays
  • Coordinating labor movement in accordance with planting and harvesting seasons throughout the state
  • H-2A & H-2B requests – responsibilities of the order holding office and applicant holding office
  • All state MSFW staff
  • Frontline Michigan Works! Employment Services (ES) Staff
  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Partner organizations with an interest in MSFWs

Recorded on

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


$10 member; $12 non-member


  • Gerardo Aranda, Migrant Seasonal Farmworker Program Manager/State Monitor Advocate, Talent Investment Agency - Workforce Development, State of Michigan
  • Jesus Centeno, Departmental Analyst, Talent Investment Agency - Workforce Development, State of Michigan
  • Allen Nash, Administrative Manager, Field Services, Talent Investment Agency - Workforce Development, State of Michigan
  • Don Kuchnicki, State Director, Telamon Corporation