Jun 18, 2019
H2A Webinar Now Available on VideoBy Tim Hodson

If you missed the recent “H-2A 101” webinar presented by the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE), you’re in luck. The webinar is now available on video.

The webinar reviewed the obligations for users of the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program, described the application process and discussed the best practices for employers.

It was hosted by Tom Bortnyk, vice president and general counsel for MAS Labor. Attendees who participated in the live webinar had the opportunity to ask Bortnyk questions about the program at the end of his presentation.

Due to high demand and critical response, NCAE decided to share “H-2A 101” with a broader audience. “The feedback we received was so positive, we wanted to give access to the webinar for those who couldn’t participate in the sold out event,” said Nigel Bocanegra, manager of Association Services.

A YouTube video of the webinar is now available for those who could not participate live. The video can be accessed by contacting Nigel Bocanegra at [email protected].

— Tim


Walmart Subscribes to Solar Gardens in Minnesota

Earlier this month, Walmart announced it has reached an agreement with US Solar to subscribe to 36 of US Solar’s community solar gardens located throughout the state of Minnesota. These community solar gardens will generate clean, renewable energy and provide energy savings to Walmart locations in 13 separate counties. The first solar gardens have completed construction and the remainder are targeted to be online by the first half of 2020. Community solar in Minnesota allows businesses, public entities and residents to subscribe to an offsite solar garden without having to site solar directly on their property.

Home Depot, MLS Extend Partnership Through ‘22

Last week, Major League Soccer (MLS) and the Home Depot agreed to extend their marketing partnership through 2022. The two organization are also launching a joint digital brand campaign this summer featuring MLS players along with Home Depot’s LG Electronics products. Home Depot will remain as the exclusive home improvement retailer of MLS and the Mexico national soccer team and it will be a 2019 partner of the annual Campeones Cup match. The Home Depot and MLS partnership dates back to 2008.

BJ’s Prepares to Open Stores in Michigan

BJ’s Wholesale Club plans to open its first stores in Michigan in the Detroit suburbs of Madison Heights and Taylor. The stores are scheduled to open in the fourth quarter and reportedly will bring 300 jobs to the area. Currently, the wholesale club has approximately 200 stores in the eastern United States. In preparation for the store openings, the retailer is offering exclusive Founding Member offers for the Michigan stores including gift cards and other perks to entice new members.


Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]

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