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
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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In its first five months of operation, the newly-launched Michigan Certified Fertilizer Applicator Program (CFA) has enrolled more than 450 profession... more »
Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America's food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing ... more »
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) joined forces with the American Farm Bureau Federation to call on the federal gov... more »
America’s seasonal agricultural industry suffered from a perceived labor shortage in recent years as the average migrant workers became significantl... more »
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 »
Western Growers and the California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) will file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a lawsuit challenging provisions o... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »