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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Feinstein, colleagues introduce legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation

Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Wednesday  int... more »

Health plan for Western Growers marks anniversary

Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) marks 60 years of offering health care options to the agricultural community with a series of open hou... more »

H-2A struggles to keep up with grower demand

H-2A, the country’s agricultural guest-worker program, continues to grow. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the number of H-2A wor... more »

Growers share pros and cons of H-2A program

Short on labor and thinking about hiring H-2A workers? The federal guest-worker program, which more farm employers are using these days, has its pros ... more »

Respirator guidelines in effect under Worker Protection Standards

Requirements for a medical evaluation, fit testing and specific training for use of respirators and the associated record keeping became effective Jan... more »

Industry groups send letter on immigration reform to president

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) this week emphasized the importance of immigration reform for America’s farmers and ranchers in a letter s... more »

Fruit Growers News survey: grower labor supply

Fruit Growers News asked readers four questions in January, seeking information on their labor supply. A sampling of the results is below. Did ... more »

Surprises, gifts one way to retain farmworkers

Harvesting vegetables and fruit is a difficult profession, requiring commitment and a unique set of skills. When farm employers find the right workers... more »

PHOTOS: Labor of Love

The Labor of Love program surprises farmworkers with gifts as a way to thank them for their hard work. The program, sponsored by the Yuma Fresh Ve... more »

Labor-retention strategies to help with labor costs

Philip Martin, a professor emeritus of agricultural and resource economics with the University of California, Davis, gives farm employers four broad s... more »


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