The Agriculture Labor Program was formed in April 2012 and is organized under the Department of Labor's Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs. It has some similarities to the former Rural Employment Services Program. The Foreign Labor Certification Unit was also transitioned to the Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs.
The 17-member work group includes 10 field staff, three field supervisors, and the Division Director, Jeanette Lazelle. All field staff and field supervisors speak English and Spanish. They are supported by a Foreign Labor Certification Specialist, a Program Liaison, and a Communications Specialist. Lazelle said, "We work in support of New York agriculture, one of the most important industries in this state."
The Agriculture Labor Program's field staff are located throughout the state. They provide job seekers and business customers access to the services available at New York State Career Centers and other services of the Department of Labor. With our dual customer focus, we endeavor to help agricultural employers and agricultural workers be successful.
Understanding the agricultural industry and farm laborers in New York
Programs and Services
Agricultural Outreach Plans
The outreach program seeks to locate and contact migrant and seasonal farm workers who are not reached by typical intake activities, such as at local New York State Career Center offices.
The AOP is an annual requirement of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA), DIPA will make the AOP available each year so that MSFWs, agricultural employers, and other stakeholders may access the Agriculture Labor Program's outreach strategy for the year.
The federal Program Year (PY) is July 1 through June 30 each year.