Labor

Michigan Civil Rights Commission seeks reversal of migrant worker ruling

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) on April 15 sent Attorney General Dana Nessel a request to reconsider a ruling from former Attorney General Bill Schuette that said certain migrant and seasonal farm workers (MSFWs)... more »

NCAE selects venue for 2019 Ag Employer Labor Forum

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has selected the M Resort to host its sixth annual Ag Employer Labor Forum in Henderson, Nevada on Dec. 4-6, 2019. "The M Resort is located just minutes from... more »

Ag labor employers’ group: Worker decline more proof reforms are needed

On April 11, the USDA released findings from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. According to USDA, the census revealed more than 2,411,033 people worked on US farms and ranches during 2017. This reflected a decline... more »

Organization pursues migrant labor recruitment improvements

Stronger Together launched on April 11 "a new, pragmatic, multi-stakeholder effort to stimulate a responsible recruitment marketplace for farmworker employment in the U.S. produce industry. The program seeks to create demand for responsible recruitment, increase... more »

Western Growers president testifies on ag labor shortages

On April 3, Western Growers President & CEO Tom Nassif detailed the critical labor shortages facing American agriculture and laid out the case for agricultural immigration reform before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and... more »

USDA website features to help with H-2A applications, managing loans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched two new features on farmers.gov to help customers manage their farm loans and navigate the application process for H-2A visas. “Customer service is our top priority at USDA... more »

H-2A wage hikes hitting specialty crop growers, Farm Bureau says

The increase in mandated wages as part of the H-2A Seasonal Guestworker program means farmers must pay more for labor, presenting a challenge to farmers who are already facing tight margins. Veronica Nigh, American Farm... more »

Report: Michigan AG asked to review migrant farm worker pay

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to reconsider whether Michigan’s smallest farms can legally pay migrant farm workers less than minimum wage. The news came in a report published by The Michigan... more »


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