New Jersey outlines COVID-19 guidance for seasonal farm workers and employers

In an effort to help protect the thousands of seasonal farm workers in New Jersey, the state Departments of Health, Agriculture, and Labor and Workforce Development have issued guidance on working conditions as well as... more »

Memorandum eyes interruptions at facilities, including fruit, veg processing

The following statement is attributed to Mindy Brashears, Ph.D., USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, and Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response. "As the COVID-19 pandemic response continues, the U.S. Department... more »

Farmworker housing rules increase worker safety in Washington state

New emergency rules adopted May 13 regarding temporary farmworker housing will help increase worker safety and reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules detail specific steps required at farms where temporary workers live in... more »

NCAE column: Amid the chaos, farmers lace up their boots for work

The only thing missing was the spooky music from a B-movie horror film. That’s kind of what I thought to myself as I headed into the Metro station to come into work this morning. Typically,... more »

Arriving H-2A workers: Reconciling quarantine and essential status

Much confusion exists about the availability for work of H-2A workers who are newly arriving from a foreign country. This post will attempt to clarify the issue. 14-day quarantine Early in the COVID-19 pandemic the... more »

Michigan grower: Food supply in danger if we don’t use immigrant workers legally

On May 13, Fox Business published the following commentary by Fred Leitz, a farmer and a past president of the National Council of Agricultural Employers who lives in Sodus, Michigan. "The novel coronavirus has given... more »

Yakima Valley fruit company workers walk off the job, citing safety concerns

Protests by Yakima County, Washington, agricultural workers over what they consider unsafe working conditions during the COVID-19 outbreak continued Wednesday, May 13, with employees walking out of the Monson Fruit Co. in Selah. According to... more »

Equitable Food Initiative, workforce development, training unit, marks 5 years

It has been five years since the formal launch of Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and training organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups to improve both compliance and business... more »

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