Labor

Survey shows workforce deficiencies for growers

Scarce labor availability continued to plague fruit growers in 2018, according to responses to an agriculture labor survey conducted by Fruit Growers News. Inching up one percentage point from 2017’s FGN survey tally, 41% of... more »

Washington state measure addresses increased H-2A foreign labor use           

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on May 22 signed legislation that will allow the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to ensure foreign workers under the federal H-2A program have the support they need on the job... more »

‘Future Orchard Production System’ drives orchard outlook

With heightened attention being given to labor-saving robotic harvesters and other innovative tools for tree fruit growers, a continued concentration is being given to the development of orchard planting systems that will be able to... more »

Diving into the ‘first commercial robotic apple harvest’

Robots are in an orchard. This is not a drill. Machines took in the harvest at T&G Global orchards in Hawkes Bay, a large apple production area in New Zealand where the picking season runs... more »

UC Davis report: Farm labor supply from Mexico is falling fast

For decades, farmers in the United States have depended on people from foreign countries – mostly Mexico – to work in the fields. Only 2 percent of California’s farmworkers were born in the U.S. But... more »

Survey: California farms face continuing employee shortages

Despite taking a variety of steps to alleviate chronic shortages of agricultural employees, California farmers and ranchers continue to report problems in hiring enough people for on-farm jobs. A survey released April 30 shows 56%... more »

Ag labor group seeks change in wage rate determination

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and its Secretary, Alex Acosta, to amend the regulatory methodology used in determining whether an alternative wage other than a... more »

National ag employers group plans educational webinar series

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is launching an educational webinar that will kick off a series focusing on issues facing agricultural employers. “This webinar series is an exciting expansion of services offered by... more »


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