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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Michigan launches Certified Fertilizer Applicator program

In its first five months of operation, the newly-launched Michigan Certified Fertilizer Applicator Program (CFA) has enrolled more than 450 profession... more »

Visa backlogs threaten this year’s harvest

Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America's food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing ... more »

NASDA joins Farm Bureau in calling for faster H-2A processing

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) joined forces with the American Farm Bureau Federation to call on the federal gov... more »

Study: fewer agriculture workers migrating

America’s seasonal agricultural industry suffered from a perceived labor shortage in recent years as the average migrant workers became significantl... more »

Try these labor-attracting strategies

Growers in Michigan should review their current methods for attracting and retaining workers and be flexible to try new methods and strategies to attr... more »

Farm groups join to oppose safe harbor exclusion clause

Western Growers and the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) will file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a lawsuit challenging provisions o... more »

New York Farm Bureau opposes $15 minimum wage

Family farmers and small business owners recently joined together at farms and businesses across New York state to ask state lawmakers to oppose the p... more »

MAFVC engages Spanish-speaking farmers, farmworkers

Since 2009, Penn State Extension has hosted a full-day session at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC), taught completely in Spanis... more »

More Michigan growers hiring H-2A workers

Michigan growers are taking the plunge into H-2A, and don’t appear to be turning back. It started with a pilot project in 2014, when four apple o... more »

DOL backup will delay H-2A workers

In late January, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced delays in H-2A and H-2B applications due to network issues. In early February, wafla, a... more »


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