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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E-Verify Could Devastate Ag Workforce

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Will Trump Help Ag Employers?

The incoming Trump administration fills ag employers with hope and concern, said ... watch »

GK Machine blueberry harvester receives AE50 award

GK Machine’s Berry Transport was just recognized with an AE50 award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).... more »

Minimum wage rates for H-2A workers updated

The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor has announced the 2017 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of ... more »

Wafla awarded $3 million for housing project

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit today awarded $26 million in loans and grants from the state’s Housing Trust Fu... more »

EPA’s Worker Protection Standard manual revised

EPA in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) Exit is making available a guide to help users of agricultural pesti... more »

Court stops Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations

A Texas federal court granted a nationwide emergency injunction prohibiting the implementation of the final Fair Labor Standards Act regulations that ... more »

H-2A wage rates projected for 2017

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released core data that will be used to calculate the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for 2017... more »

Feds publish new I-9 employment form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, emp... more »

Penn State to host open forum on workforce concerns

Many fruit growers have expressed concerns about a shortage of skilled employees this harvest season. To discuss the path forward, the Pennsylvania De... more »


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