Labor

California defends farmworker protections at the US Supreme Court

In a brief filed Feb. 5 in the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board defended the state’s 45-year-old access regulation, a  tool that empowers farmworkers to learn about their organizing rights. According... more »

The 2021 Adverse Effect Wage Rate finally revealed

With the release of USDA’s Farm Labor Survey on Feb. 11, farmers that utilize the H-2A program finally know the minimum wage they must pay their H-2A workers in 2021. Usually, this wage rate, known... more »

Michigan ag workers gain March 1 access to COVID-19 vaccine

The Michigan Department of Health of Human Services announced Feb. 15 a new program to enhance the state’s equity strategy to reach more Michiganders with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. As part of the... more »

Projected H-2A wage rates for 2021 emerging

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave a preview on Feb. 11 of what the 2021 H-2A wage rates will be. USDA released its Farm Labor Survey (FLS), which the Department of Labor (DOL) will... more »

Riveridge Land Co. gets funding for H-2A worker housing from state of Michigan

Grant, Michigan-based Riveridge Land Co. is one of 20 organizations to which the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has awarded Rural Development Fund Grants designed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and... more »

Food, ag workers at top list for those most at-risk of COVID-19 death

A University of California, San Francisco study of the jobs at most risk for death from COVID-19 shows line cooks, machine operators, agricultural workers, bakers, and construction laborers at the top of the list. The... more »

Despite pandemic challenges, H-2A program demand continues to grow

Recently released H-2A program data reveals some interesting impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. As reported by Veronica Nigh, economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, for the first time since the Department of Labor... more »

Several Michigan growers named to Migrant Labor Housing Board

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell appointed 14 members to the Migrant Labor Housing Advisory Board on Feb. 4. The appointees represent five agriculture seats, five migrant labor seats, and four... more »

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FGN February 2021

Florida breeding seeks regionally-adapted peach rootstocks

Sweet cherry evolution a decades-long journey

Growers’ group builds own research facility

Low-tech strategies for fighting frost shouldn’t be ignored

Southeast growers turning to soil moisture sensors

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: Biden appointees face task of working with ag sector

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