Webinar to focus on work visas, skilled professionals

The I-29 Moo University 2023 Dairy Webinar Series continues from noon to 1 p.m. April 13 with a focus on how to bring skilled professionals to your farm using the visa programs. The program will be presented by Dr. Miguel Rangel, DVM.

“Listeners will gain a better understanding of what visa are available to them when hiring qualified employees,” said Fred Hall, dairy specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Rangel will discuss the process of using the United States visa programs to bring skilled professionals to U.S. dairy operations from foreign countries.

This discussion will cover the most common visas available for dairy producers and will include in which situations each visa may be used, who qualifies for the visa, the benefits of various visas, and the requirements to qualify for different visas. Rangel will also discuss the application process, rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and will clarify common misconceptions.

Rangel received his veterinarian degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. As an employee recruiter and recipient of a TN visa himself, he knows the process and the industry firsthand.

Rangel has been the owner and operator of Optimum Dairy Consulting and Recruiting since 2021, specializing in maximizing profits in dairy operations and the recruiting of skilled professionals. Prior to that, he spent 16 years working in various aspects of the dairy industry, including managing the ISU Dairy Farm from 2018 to 2021.

There is no fee to participate in the webinar; however, preregistration is required at least one hour before the webinar. Preregister online at go.iastate.edu/TQ86YG.