Labor

Stemilt first tree fruit company to achieve full EFI certification

Stemilt received new Equitable Food Initiative certifications in August to become the first apple, pear and cherry company to achieve EFI certification of its entire operation. The new certifications bring Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) standards... more »

Western Growers unveils agtech career development pipeline

Western Growers has bolstered its workforce development efforts with the launch of five initiatives aimed at transitioning the agriculture workforce to master rapidly developing agricultural technology. The initiatives make up Western Growers' (WG) Agtech Workforce... more »

Career paths for Michigan migrant, seasonal farmworkers aided with grant

Three Michigan State University partners will help develop career advancement opportunities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in a new $500,000 USDA grant. This funding supports the Michigan Agriculture and Food System Workforce Advancement Initiative (MAFSWAI)... more »

Protecting farm employees from smoke – what to do

California's hot summer growing season and an ongoing drought feeding out-of-control wildfires pose challenges for farm employers. The 700,000-acre-and-counting Dixie Fire and the devastating Caldor Fire have conspired to funnel smoke in agricultural production areas... more »

United Fresh publishes 2021 Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report

United Fresh Produce Association has published the sixth edition of its Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report, an expansive research resource that assists produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks. Developed with input from... more »

Survey targets agricultural labor challenges in Michigan

Ask any agricultural employer in Michigan to list their biggest concerns and there's a good chance labor ranks near the top. Attracting and retaining employees has long been a challenge for the food and agriculture... more »

USDA seeks applications for funds to build housing for farm workers

The USDA is seeking applications for funding to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm workers. Luis R. García, acting state director of USDA Rural Development in Puerto Rico, said that subject to the... more »

Washington state adds emergency rules to protect workers from heat, smoke

On a Tuesday in June, Luis Cisneros stood on a metal ladder harvesting cherries in Washington's fertile Columbia Basin when temperatures reached almost 120 degrees Fahrenheit. After just a few minutes in the sun, the... more »

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Grape industry changes seen in 1995

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Raising canes in Southeastern North Carolina

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