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2012 World Ag Expo Virtual Farm Tour: John Verhaar

PD staff Published on 29 February 2012

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This article was #8 of the Top 25 most well-read articles on www.progressivedairy.com in 2012. to jump to the video. It was published in the March 1, 2012 Extra. Click here for the full list of the Top 25.

In the other virtual farm tour video from World Ag Expo, Michigan dairy producer John Verhaar explains his experience in dealing with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

He was convicted of hiring and harboring unauthorized workers. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay hefty fines. John believes his challenges in finding qualified labor for his dairy are similar to other producers.

What’s coming for WAE 2013, Part I
The 2013 virtual farm tours will feature:

  • Bar 20 Dairy, Fresno, California – Peek inside the modern dairy management, attentive cow care and new technologies used at the dairy supplying more than half of the milk marketed under the well-known Producers Dairy milk label.
  • Lucky Layla Farms, Plano, Texas – Meet a Texas dairyman “lucky” enough to survive milk price volatility who still loves milking and breeding high-quality Jersey and Guernsey cattle. He makes an award-winning drinkable yogurt distributed throughout the U.S. and also sells raw milk near the Dallas metropolitan area.
  • Medeiros and Sons Dairy, Hanford, California – See how a second-generation, 24-year-old dairy manager is investing in the little things to make big improvements in his family’s 2,500-cow dairy. Hear his long-term plans to continue to move the dairy forward.

Click here to see another World Ag Expo article featured in the Top 25 and see what else is planned for the 2013 show.

VIDEO
John Verhaar of Aquila Farms near Bad Axe, Michigan, was recently convicted of hiring and harboring unauthorized workers. He was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay hefty fines. John believes his challenges in finding qualified labor for his dairy are similar to other producers.

Hear him explain his hiring protocols and experience in dealing with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He says what happened to him could happen to others.

Click here to see the other World Ag Expo virtual farm tour video of the Tony DeGroot Dairy in California.

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