Labor

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 »

Growers get proactive for workers relations

Wage rates, federal and state labor laws, food safety regulations and buyer-mandated audits are making employers’ relationships with staff increasingly more complicated. Workers need to be trained in procedures and best practices, but with the... more »

BREAKING: US District Court rules against farmers in wage lawsuit

Monday evening, March 18, U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly issued a memorandum of opinion in a case brought by the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) against the U.S. Department of Labor. NCAE and... more »

Study: Farm bill to cost NY farmers $300M more in labor costs

New York Farm Bureau highlighted a new report March 5 that detailed the extreme costs facing the state’s family farms should the farmworker labor bill (S. 2837/A. 2750) pass this legislative session. Farm Credit East,... more »

ESL, citizenship prep funds available from tree fruit industry

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) provides grants to organizations in central Washington that provide adult education assistance to families employed in the tree fruit industry.  Organizations, including community groups, religious institutions and public and... more »

H-2A use soars amid wage challenges

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) certified nearly a quarter of a million H-2A positions in 2018. This is 108 percent more than the number of positions certified in fiscal year 2014, just five years... more »


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