Labor

Colorado produce growers implement measures to keep workers safe

Colorado fruit and vegetable growers are working hard to protect the health of the men and women who work to cultivate, harvest and pack fresh fruits and vegetables. At Petrocco Farms in Brighton, workers are... more »

‘I Pick Safety’ campaign ramped up by California Strawberry Commission

"I Pick Safety" is a new effort from the California Strawberry Commission to highlight farm worker safety and industry-leading training and safety practices by emphasizing that everybody is responsible to always pick safety. “Our new I... more »

COVID-19 guidelines for agricultural operations offered by University of Georgia

Farmers and food processors take routine steps to reduce the likelihood of foodborne pathogens, like salmonella and E. coli, contacting the food and causing illness. The procedures that the food industry takes on a daily... more »

Colorado forms team to develop strategies to support ag workers, businesses

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) has formed an Agricultural Recovery Team alongside its Food Security Task Force with the mission of developing and implementing innovative strategies to support... more »

Joint California ag statement on workers’ compensation executive order

In response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order that extends temporary workers’ compensation benefits for COVID-19, a coalition of California agricultural organizations issued the following statement: “As a critical infrastructure industry, agricultural businesses have... more »

US specialty crop industry touts COVID-19 employee safety protocols

A national coalition of 64 organizations representing specialty crop producers sent a letter to congressional leadership on May 1 highlighting the extraordinary measures agricultural employers are taking to protect their workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.... more »

Survey: California farmers turning to labor-saving crops, automation

Despite raising wages and increasing benefits, California farmers are failing to find enough people to pick fruits and vegetables and harvest other crops, and they are offsetting this labor shortage by changing to less labor-intensive... more »

Ontario grower: Hiring local workers isn’t as easy as it sounds

COVID-19 has turned lives upside down right around the world. People are grappling with illness and death, with separation from family and friends, business closures, job loss, and general uncertainty about what lies ahead. Things... more »


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