Labor

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 farming practices? Cochran, owner of S... 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 workers jumpe... more

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Surprises, gifts one way to retain farmworkers

Harvesting vegetables and fruit is a difficult profession, requiring commitment and a unique set of skills. When farm employers find the right workers... more »

PHOTOS: Labor of Love

The Labor of Love program surprises farmworkers with gifts as a way to thank them for their hard work. The program, sponsored by the Yuma Fresh Ve... more »

Labor-retention strategies to help with labor costs

Philip Martin, a professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics with the University of California, Davis, gives farm employers four broad s... more »

States find ways to deal with labor shortages

It’s hard to know the exact number of seasonal specialty crop workers in the United States, but Frank Gasperini thinks 1.5 million is a good estimat... more »

Western Growers: Prepare for increased ICE raids, audits

President Trump recently issued a number of immigration related executive orders (EO), including the “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the... more »

Worker Protection Standard workshops set for Ohio

New regulations and safeguards under the 2015 revised Worker Protection Standard took effect on Jan. 2, 2017, and owners of farms, forests, nurseries ... more »

Eastern Michigan labor meetings scheduled for growers

“No one wants to work anymore!” “Where do I find labor around here?” We heard these a lot this past summer. Most growers fall into two c... more »

United Fresh launches 2017 industry compensation survey

The United Fresh Produce Association has launched its 2017 Compensation Survey for the fresh produce industry. The data collected will be published in... more »

Effective management is key during labor uncertainty

University of California Cooperative Extension will hold workshops in Temecula Feb. 1 and 2 to help California farmers facing agriculture labor challe... more »

Legislators introduce Family Farm Relief Act

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Congressman Chris Collins (R-NY) have introduced the Family Farm Relief Act of 2017, legislation to move the H... more »


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