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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Vineyard Hopes Labor Bears Fruit

Corky, Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery's mascot, flopped down and made himself comfortable in the dirt alongside about two dozen planting crew voluntee... more »

Blueberries — Washington’s Blue Gold

Fingers flying, the pickers strip the last of this year's blueberries from bushes that are already flaming red from the turn of the season. And what a... more »

Migrant Workers Labor in Grape Harvest

A gust of wind blew through the vineyard and ripped netting from a harvester's grasp, then workers yelled to stop a tractor so they could secure the l... more »

Raker Shortage, Frost Threaten Blueberry Crop

A shortage of migrant farm workers and the threat of early frost have some of Downeast Maine's wild blueberry growers worried as this year's harvest w... more »

Plenty of Apples, but Possibly a Shortage of Immigrant Pickers

With a look of supreme satisfaction, Jeff Crist squinted at the Ginger Golds and Jonamacs ripening under an incandescent sun at his apple orchard here... more »

Plenty of Apples, but Possibly a Shortage of Immigrant Pickers

With a look of supreme satisfaction, Jeff Crist squinted at the Ginger Golds and Jonamacs ripening under an incandescent sun at his apple orchard here... more »

U-Pickers Won’t Be Grinning

Peaches and Asian pears usually start to ripen this time of year at Reed Valley Orchard in Bourbon County, nearly ready for people to come pick. Not t... more »

Blueberry Co-op Fails, But Pickers Still Wanted

Plans for a blueberry cooperative among several farmers in the U.P. have fallen through, but the woman who wanted to start the group isn't giving up. ... more »

Labor Shortage Hindering Harvest

A local labor shortage will likely force field workers to work longer hours for Coachella Valley farmers during the grape harvest. Palm Springs, Calif... more »


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