Labor

Grower finishes 17 years of labor advocacy in capital

For the better part of two decades, tomato grower Fred Leitz has regularly left the family farm in Sodus, Michigan to advocate in the nation's capital for reform of agricultural labor laws. Leitz t... more

Program certifies farmers treat their workers fairly

After his farm became completely certified organic three decades ago, Jim Cochran had a thought: Why not certify employment practices the same way you certify f... more

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Report: Dramatic H2-A impact in Washington state

A study prepared for wafla by ECONorthwest finds that H-2A workers generated $619 million in economic activity for the tree fruit industry in 2015. In... more »

Program certifies farmers treat their workers fairly

After his farm became completely certified organic three decades ago, Jim Cochran had a thought: Why not certify employment practices the same way you... more »

Napa grape growers to vote on farmerworker housing assessment

Grape growers in Napa County, California will soon be voting on whether to continue a farmworker housing assessment for another five years. Ballots wi... more »

EPA extends timeline for pesticide applicators rule

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 11 announced a 12-month extension for implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticid... more »

Feinstein, colleagues introduce legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation

Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Wednesday  int... more »

Health plan for Western Growers marks anniversary

Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) marks 60 years of offering health care options to the agricultural community with a series of open hou... more »

H-2A struggles to keep up with grower demand

H-2A, the country’s agricultural guest-worker program, continues to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the number of H-2A wor... more »

Growers share pros and cons of H-2A program

Short on labor and thinking about hiring H-2A workers? The federal guest-worker program, which more farm employers are using these days, has its pros ... more »

Respirator guidelines in effect under Worker Protection Standards

Requirements for a medical evaluation, fit testing and specific training for use of respirators and the associated record keeping became effective Jan... more »

Industry groups send letter on immigration reform to president

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) this week emphasized the importance of immigration reform for America’s farmers and ranchers in a letter s... more »


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