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Michael Marsh to lead National Council of Agricultural Employers

NCAE Chair, Joe Young of Goffstown, NH, announced today that following an exhaustive national search, the board of directors of the National Council of Agricultural Employers has selected Michael Marsh as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will replace Frank Gasperini, the retiring executive who has led NCAE since September 2008.

Marsh is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with degrees in accounting and history.  He has been consulting in the areas of complex financial transactions, litigation support, media, and public relations since December 2014 and is also a CPA.  Prior to that, Marsh served as Chief Executive Officer of Western United Dairymen for fifteen years building that organization into the nation’s premier dairy producer trade association.  This followed a successful seven-year stint as Director of Finance and Administration with the Almond Board of California.  Both organizations are located in Modesto, California.

“Finding an outstanding individual to steer the organization forward to follow in Frank’s footsteps was a daunting task,” noted Young.  “The Selection Committee was faced with a group of tremendous candidates from all over the country but, after interviewing the top tier of those candidates, they identified Michael as possessing the talents to drive NCAE forward through a very tough environment for agricultural employers.”

NCAE Vice Chairman Jon DeVaney, President of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association commented, “We recognized that to lead effectively on issues impacting people who employ agricultural workers, the Council needed someone who has a sterling results-oriented reputation as well as the vision and collaborative approach necessary to effectively communicate the needs and concerns of these growers in the US Capitol.  Michael fit that bill.”

“I am honored that the board of directors selected me to work with the Council,” said Marsh.  “You can’t have sustainable agriculture without the labor force necessary to harvest crops or if farmers face unreasonable regulations preventing them from ever turning turn a profit on their investment.  The National Council of Agricultural Employers advocates for farmers with ‘skin in the game’ and the chores ahead are going to require a lot of skilled hands.  I’m excited to relocate to Washington, DC and put my hands to work for NCAE.”

Official Press Release 10-18-2017

NCAE’s 2017 Ag Employer Forum – Las Vegas

November 29 – December 1, 2017

Tropicana – Las Vegas, NV

3801 S Las Vegas Boulevard

NCAE is hosting our 4th Annual Ag Labor Forum November 29th – December 1st.  This forum brings together upwards of 250 growers, labor lawyers, agents, HR professionals, and others whose expertise will be shared throughout this technical forum through both agenda content and networking opportunities.

Click here for More information OR Register Now!

Goodlatte Agricultural Guestworker Act 10-4-2017

House Judiciary Committee POSTPONED the mark-up of Goodlatte’s Agricultural Guestworker Act, originally scheduled for today. The reason given is that the House Judiciary Committee needs additional time to work on it. They hope to bring it up again soon.

Postponement announcement and most recent language for Ag Act Bill.

This article (Growing Produce, 17-09-27) is a good top-line (or 30,000 ft) overview of key points of Representative Goodlatte’s Ag Act.  At the time of this article we were still waiting on the details— as you can see in the high-level overview, on the surface the key topics (except the cap) listed appear positive— BUT of course, as the old saying goes— the devil is in the details— and we finally have the details. 

On Thursday evening, September 28, 2017 we received copies of the long awaited draft Ag Guest Worker bill from House Judiciary staff. Along with the bill draft was a general summary and a section by section summary.

As expected, Farm Worker Justice and others are circulating  an opposition letter to Congress strongly opposing the forthcoming Goodlatte bill on farm worker issues AND the Newhouse rider that would allow for year-round work under H-2A.  However, they are specifically attacking Goodlatte’s H-2C proposal. Their objections revolve around legal status for current workers (which we have always supported), wages, housing, and other issues.