Labor, trade issues continue to hurt Washington state farmers

While trade disputes and labor costs continue to affect Washington agriculture, Wenatchee-based McDougall & Sons, Inc. co-owner Scott McDougall says the situation could get worse. At a Farm Hall hosted by the Washington Policy Center, he said that annual increases... more »

Latest in visa and housing news to be shared at 2019 EXPO

After the proposed H-2C visas failed to gain support from the legislature, changes to H-2A and H-2B visas were revisited. The changes and new considerations growers need to make will be the focus of several... more »

NCAE Ag Labor Forum ready to tackle industry’s top challenges

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) announces that registration is now open for the Ag Labor Forum Dec. 4-6, 2019, being held at the M Resort just outside Las Vegas, Nevada. [caption id="" align="alignright"... more »

United Fresh submits comments on proposed H-2A reforms

On Sept. 24, the United Fresh Produce Association submitted comments regarding proposed reforms to the H-2A agriculture visa program. The reforms proposed by the Trump administration will streamline the program for employers, cut red tape... more »

Agricultural Employers group opens registration for Ag Labor Forum

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has opened registration for the 6th annual Ag Employer Labor Forum.  When: Dec. 4 - 6, 2019 Where: The M Resort in Henderson, NV - just a 10 minute drive... more »

Actions taken to streamline H-2A process, improve recruitment

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has issued a Final Rule aimed at helping Americans find open agricultural jobs by modernizing the labor market test for H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification in the Federal... more »

Texas International Produce Association to host labor workshops

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) will be hosting two labor workshops at its corporate headquarters in Mission, Texas on Sept 24. The sessions are available for free for TIPA members along with Texas Vegetable... more »

Federal judge in Washington state stops 50% pay hike for blueberry pickers

A federal judge has blocked the government from imposing a 50% wage hike for blueberry pickers in Washington state. The Olympian in Olympia, Washington, reports U.S. District Court Judge Salvador Mendoza Jr. temporarily stopped the Department of... more »

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