Alabama Agriculture Department to offer web-based seminars on state’s immigration law

John McMillan.jpgView full sizeAlabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan, flanked by Mike Tate of Tate Farms, left, state Sen. Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison; Rep. Mike Ball, R-Madison; Monrovia farmer Rex Vaughn; Anne Burkett, director of Planning Economic Development with the Madison County Commission; and Henry Oldham, president of the North Alabama International Trade Association. (The Huntsville Times, Michael Mercier)

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Alabama Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan said a statewide web seminar on Alabama’s new immigration law will be held Oct. 14.

The law passed in June and largely upheld by a federal judge Wednesday, has widespread implication for business, law enforcement, local governments and Alabama residents.

“Now that there is a ruling from the federal district court, we are moving forward to help farmers and agribusiness understand their role and responsibilities in complying with the immigration law,” McMillan said. “This law contains many provisions with stiff fines and penalties. It is critical for farmers and agribusiness to understand fully how this law applies to them.”

The three-part one day seminars are being held in cooperation with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Agriculture stakeholder groups are encouraged to invite their members to the three-part web seminar series, which begins at 10 am and concludes at 1 p.m.

Labor law expert Thomas M. Eden of the Capell Howard law firm will conduct the seminars, which include an overview of the law, complying with key provisions and record-keeping. Seminar topics include “Do’s and Don’ts for Employers,” “The E-Verify Enrollment Process” and “Form I-9 Supervisor Training Tips.”

The Alabama Cooperative Extensive System has offices in all 67 Alabama counties where people can attend the live seminars, which also will be available online. The seminars will be recorded and archived for people to access via the Internet.

For more information, contact the Alabama Department of Agriculture Industries at 334-240-7100. For a listing of ACES office locations, go to

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