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ORANGE CITY—The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will host its annual Dairy Discussions Seminar 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, as a live program at the Sioux County Extension Office located at 400 Central Ave. NW in Orange City.

This year’s program will focus on labor issues.

The key presentations include:

  • “HR — The Art of Finding and Retaining Dairy Labor,” Gary Wright, ISU Extension and Outreach Farm Management Specialist.
  • “Labor and the Law: I-9s, Work Permits and Petitioning Foreign-Born Workers,” Amanda Bahena, Woods Fuller Shultz & Smith, Sioux Center.
  • “Programs for Employers and Recognizing Legitimate Documents,” Brett Stanley, Department of Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations.
  • “Using Social Media Platforms to Recruit Employees,” Leah Feltz, ISU Extension social media specialist.
  • “Five Generation in the Workforce,” Fred Hall, ISU Extension dairy specialist.

“The program this year is varied in topics, but they are all key to and center around labor, whether that be recruiting or maintaining a workforce,” Hall said. “The presenters bring years of experience and research in each topic area.”

Wright will tap into his years of experience in human resources to share his thoughts on successful strategies for hiring and retaining employees.

As a lawyer with Fuller, Shultz and Smith in Sioux Center, Bahena assists individual clients around the world in almost every U.S. immigration area, including petitioning family members and fiancés for permanent residency, employment visas, deferred action, student visas, visa compliance, waivers, and adjustment of status.

Stanley, the resident agent in charge of DHS/ICE/Homeland Security Investigations in this region, will outline the programs available to assist agricultural employers and present information on identifying legitimate documents presented by potential employees.

Feltz will outline how dairy employers can use social media platforms to find and retain employees.

Hall will focus on the results of having five generations active in the workforce and each of their expectations and priorities.

There is no fee to attend this program, but preregistration is required by Nov. 30.

To preregister, visit or contact Fred Hall at 712-737-4230 or