Cal Poly Student Proposes Cost-Saving Plan to Help Small Farmers Recruit Workers

Fourth-year agribusiness major at Cal Poly Jose Alvarez was recognized by the California Legislature for his proposal to streamline the federal H-2A visa program.

Alvarez, who is scheduled to graduate soon, submitted his idea in the national Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences annual conference last spring in Jacksonville, Florida. He was representing Cal Poly’s Latinos in Agriculture Club.

His business pitch is called “Together in Agriculture for a Greater Good.” It uses a nonprofit model that would reduce costs for small ranchers and farmers to hire a professional who would complete the federal H-2A visa program applications.

“In theory, it would start as a pilot program in California, where essentially the program would subsidize the cost of using the H-2A visa program,” Alvarez said. “Usually, big farmers are the ones that use that because it’s costly, time-consuming, has government regulations and the cost goes to the farmer.”

The H-2A visa program was first launched in the 1980s. It allows foreign nationals to come into the US only temporarily for seasonal agricultural work. It was created to respond to the shortage of native agricultural workers.

There is time-consuming paper work process needed to process an H-2A visa, which larger farms and ranchers out-source to private contractors.

The program would do the paperwork and reduce the costs, and cut out middlemen and contractors,” he said. “I was focused on smaller farmers and allowing them to use a similar service.”
In addition to this simple cost-saving aspect of the proposal, Alvarez also added the idea of recruiting illegal immigrants who are already living in the country, but having a difficult time finding work.

This would reduce the pressure and inconvenience of recruiting workers outside the country.

“You have to find these workers and do recruiting, so I thought, ‘Why not let people already illegally here in the U.S. apply for this program, too?’

Orangeburg County Offering Incentives to Agribusiness Development

Orangeburg, SC. Photo by JayeeDior12

Orangeburg, SC. Photo by JayeeDior12

Councilman Harry Wimberly of Orangeburg County in South Carolina announced that his county is creating development incentives to encourage new agribusiness investment.

The idea began back in December, 2015 when the S.C. Department of Agriculture asked Wimberly if his county could support such incentives.

Winberly said he always gets behind any initiative which supports agribusiness coming into and growing in Orangeburg County.

“Anytime we can bring new industry into Orangeburg County is a plus,” he said. “I am glad they entertained us first before any other county.”

At the beginning of May the county became the first in the state to say yes to a resolution backing incentives to grow agribusiness.

Any new businesses entering the county will be joining those who are already present and flourishing, such as: Cactus Farms, Dempsey Wood Products, Cox Industries, Bimbo Bakeries, Carolina Fresh Farms, Orangeburg Pecan, Mars Petcare, Lee’s Sausage and Super-Sod.

Bunge Limited

Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), a global agribusiness and food company, today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per common share. The dividend is payable on June 4, 2012 to shareholders of record on May 21, 2012.

The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.21875 per share on its 4.875% cumulative convertible perpetual preference shares, payable on June 1, 2012 to shareholders of record on May 15, 2012.

ADM Targets Acquisition of Elstar Oils

In a move that would strengthen its European oilseed processing, food manufacturing and biodiesel capabilities, Decatur, Ill.-based agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. signed a public tender offer to purchase a majority share in Elstar Oils S.A., a Warsaw-listed company that specializes in the production of quality refined vegetable oils and fats for the food industry and biodiesel market. “Poland is an important origination and consumer market for ADM,” said Brent Fenton, president of ADM Europe. “Elstar’s location in the heart of a rapeseed growing region, with easy access to the ports of Gdansk and Gdynia, complements our existing presence in the region and will enable ADM to further strengthen its position in Eastern Europe. The biodiesel plant will enable ADM to develop the biodiesel market in Poland and fits well within the company’s integrated business model.” Read More at BioDieselMagazine

US Companies Investing in Latvia

Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and other delegates meet with NCH Capital founders George Rohr and Moris Tabacinic.










Pictured here are Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and NCH Capital founder George Rohr.











NCH Capital founder George Rohr meets with the Latvian delegation.










Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis discusses the importance of US investments in Latvian companies with NCH Capital founder George Rohr and others.



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