Labor

Food and Agriculture Housing Task Force created in Michigan

Michigan’s food and agriculture workforce traditionally consisted of the self-employed and family members, but the trend has been showing a sharp increase in the need to hire additional labor within the food and agriculture communities.... more »

Judge orders temporary halt to historic New York farm labor law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked New York state from enforcing parts of a landmark farm labor law that was due to go into effect Jan. 1. According to a Jan. 2 report by Syracuse.com,... more »

Ag Workforce Coalition protests Adverse Effect Wage Rate impact

Following on the heels of a government-mandated increase in farmers’ labor costs, the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, on Jan. 2 urged the U.S. Senate to take up legislation to solve the agricultural labor crisis by calling... more »

Hmong-language pesticide safety videos now online

A series of videos describing California pesticide rules and safety in Hmong is now available to view for free online. The videos were produced by California State University, Fresno and UC Cooperative Extension in Fresno... more »

Ag groups welcome House passage of Farm Workforce Modernization Act

The House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act Dec. 11, voting for a measure that would give undocumented farmworkers a pathway to permanent residence. "This is a chance to solve a problem for America," said... more »

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 »


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