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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Michigan Blueberry Farms Fined for Child Labor and Working Condition Violations

Two blueberry growers, Jawor Brothers in Ravenna and Adkin Blue Ribbon Packing Co. in South Haven, have been fined a total of $2,584 for child labor v... more »

Life After Cherry Blossom Layoffs

Benito Vasquez Jr. dedicated nine years of life and labor to Chris and Janet Hubbell's fruit processing operation, Cherry Blossom LLC. Traverse City R... more »

Researchers Find Fertile Field for Innovation in Labor-intensive Ag

American apple growers can't predict the yield of each year's crop, nor the size of fruits that make up annual harvests. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Cli... more »

Inmates Fill in for Immigrant Farm Workers

Sixty acres of peaches are ripening up on Antelope Hill Fruit Farm, row after row of trees loaded with fuzzy, sunset-colored fruit. High Country News ... more »

Fresh Apple Holdings at 62 Million Bushels

Fresh Apple Holdings at 62 Million BushelsMarch 1 holdings of fresh apples were at 62 million bushels, down 13 million bushels from Feb. 1, according ... more »

Michigan Cultivates a New Industry: Cranberries

Michigan agricultural officials see a big opportunity for jobs in a little red berry that is rapidly growing in popularity. The Detroit News... more »

January Fresh Apple Holdings up 7 Percent from 2008

January movement of fresh and processing apples was 7 percent above the same month last year and 14.4 percent higher than the five-year average, accor... more »

Carnegie Mellon developing automated systems to enable precision farming

Two groups of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have received a total of $10 million in grants from USDA to build automat... more »

Washington Fruit Growers’ Meeting Dec. 1-3 in Yakima

The 104th annual meeting of the Washington State Horticultural Association (WSHA) will be held Dec. 1-3 (Monday through Wednesday) at the Yakima Conve... more »

Migrant Labor is Plentiful in West Michigan

In recent years, Mike DeGrandchamp struggled to find enough hands to pick the blueberries that make their way onto customers' breakfast cereals and fr... more »


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