May 24, 2024
Ag employers group to brainstorm for farmworker education 

An ag employers group wants to brainstorm the industry for ideas on how to help farmworkers receive educations.

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is planning to host a special listening session to explore and enhance educational opportunities for migrant farmworkers and their families.

The session is scheduled for June 5 at NCAE’s headquarters in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Arlington, Virginia.

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The listening session will be led by Jessica Castañeda, coordinator of the Identification and Recruitment Consortium (IDRC). IDRC focuses on programming and efforts to support the educational success for migrant students and their families. It is funded through the Department of Education.

Educational opportunities available include basic math and English skills, financial literacy skills, assistance preparing for and obtaining a GED, and many other educational resources. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share their experience, and engage in discussion about what educational needs exist in the agricultural community for farmworkers.

“American agricultural employers know that their workers are unique individuals with aspirations, goals, and incredible ambitions,” Michael Marsh, NCAE president and CEO, said in a news release. “Moreover, employers want to support those workers so they can achieve their goals. We hope to bolster employer resources so that they may better facilitate their workers in achieving those dreams.”

The session will serve as a brainstorming opportunity to help educate farmworkers.

“We encourage employers to take advantage of this opportunity to help us brainstorm ways to better connect resources with farmworkers,” Marsh said in the release.

Registration for the listening session is available at

The session is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 am PT at 1550 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 700, Arlington, VA 22209, 202-629-9320

NCAE is a national trade association focusing on agricultural labor issues from the employer’s viewpoint.

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