Labor

Economist: farm operators scramble to secure labor

The agriculture community is being impacted by the four S’s: satisfy, stretching, substitution and supplementing, according to an agriculture economist who spoke Nov. 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the... more

House Judiciary Committee OKs guestworker, E-Verify bills

On Oct. 25, the House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 17-16 a bill to create a new agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranche... more

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Congressman unveils Agricultural Guestworker Act

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has unveiled a bill to create a new agricultural guest-worker program fo... more »

Michigan college gets grant to help farmworkers, families

Western Michigan University has been awarded more than $2 million over the next five years to support first-year, first-generation undergraduate stud... more »

Michigan farmworkers detained, moved out-of-state

A non-profit that offers legal services to seasonal workers is concerned about the treatment of migrant blueberry pickers who were taken into custody ... more »

Dole Food lays off another 400 berry workers

Westlake Village-based Dole Food continued to downsize its California berry operations with a layoff of more than 400 workers in Watsonville. Accor... more »

Ag compensation, HR information released by Western Growers

Western Growers has released its 2017 Professional Compensation and HR Practices Surveys, exclusive data on base pay, incentive pay, merit increases a... more »

California bill seeks protections against ICE raids

The Immigrant Worker Protection Act, a bill authored by California State Assembly member David Chiu, D-San Francisco, that "affirmatively protects wor... more »

Report: Dramatic H2-A impact in Washington state

A study prepared for wafla by ECONorthwest finds that H-2A workers generated $619 million in economic activity for the tree fruit industry in 2015. In... more »

Program certifies farmers treat their workers fairly

After his farm became completely certified organic three decades ago, Jim Cochran had a thought: Why not certify employment practices the same way you... more »

Napa grape growers to vote on farmerworker housing assessment

Grape growers in Napa County, California will soon be voting on whether to continue a farmworker housing assessment for another five years. Ballots wi... more »

EPA extends timeline for pesticide applicators rule

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 11 announced a 12-month extension for implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticid... more »


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