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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Harvest technology curbs labor woes

Michigan apple grower Steve Tennes has seen his attempts to grow his farm’s production numbers crimped by ongoing labor concerns. His foray into fin... more »

US Department of Labor announces H-2A delays

Employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs may experience delays in the processing of applications, accordi... more »

Poster requirements can be daunting for ag employers

Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms or other places of business, which can be daunting... more »

Washington state details how to pay workers for rest periods

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries recently released guidance on how to pay workers for rest periods. Wafla, a Washington s... more »

Labor shortages reported during California harvest

This year, California farmers planted fewer acres and let go of hundreds of farm workers. But despite the downsizing, labor shortages are being report... more »

Agritourism operations must prepare for emergencies before they happen

If there’s an emergency at your agritourism operation, do you have a plan in place to deal with it? Eric Barrett, an Ohio State University Extens... more »

EPA updates pesticide protection rules

EPA has revised the 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard regulation. The revised regulation seeks to protect and reduce the risks of injury or... more »

Court rules Washington growers must pay for rest breaks

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that piece-rate workers must be paid separately for their rest breaks, a decision that will have a significant ... more »

Gamarra joins PMA as global business development manager

Natalia Gamarra joined Produce Marketing Association (PMA) on Aug. 3 as the new global business development manager. Gamarra holds eight years of... more »

Obituary: Marvin Sundquist

Marvin Sundquist was a wonderful man who loved God, family, his community, the Valley and nature. He had a big heart for education, music and the a... more »


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