Labor crunch fuels automation, H-2A growth

Desperation for agricultural labor is transforming how growers pick and pack their fruit. That’s the message Titan Farms’ Chalmers Carr III had for a group of growers who in August attended a Grand Rapids, Michigan,... more »

DOL query leads to New Jersey farm paying back wages, penalties

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD), a DOL administrative law judge (ALJ) has ordered Sun Valley Orchards, LLC – a farm in Swedesboro, New Jersey –... more »

House Committee advances Workforce Modernization Act

The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 received House Judiciary approval Nov. 20 Several organizations voiced support of the committee move and said the The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019  bill marks an important step... more »

Over 300 farm groups urge advancement Farm Workforce Modernization Act

A broad cross section of over 300 agricultural groups and rural businesses on Nov. 18 urged the House of Representatives to advance H.R. 5038, Farm Workforce Modernization Act, through the chamber. A copy of the... more »

Exclusive showing of ‘The Last Harvest’ at Organic Grower Summit

An exclusive showing of the award winning Driscoll’s documentary The Last Harvest, which shines light on the labor shortage and immigration reform, will be held at the upcoming Organic Grower Summit, followed by an open forum  discussion among... more »

2019 Ag Labor Relations Forum held in Tifton, Georgia

The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (GFVGA) held the fourth annual Agricultural Labor Relations Forum in Tifton on Nov. 5-6. labor legislative changes are always a topic of concern in the ag industry, so... more »

NCAE Ag Labor Forum room block expanded and extended

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) announces that the room block has been expanded (twice) and extended for its Sixth Annual Ag Labor Forum Dec. 4-6, 2019, being held at the M Resort just... more »

Retaining good employees requires an investment

I regularly encounter retail farm market managers and owners who express frustration with not being able to find, much less keep, good employees. Also, they talk about training employees to represent or at least understand... more »

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