Labor

Breaking: Department of Labor releases update of H-2A wage rule

The Department of Labor released an update Nov. 2 of its new H-2A Wage Rule, which it said promises to stabilize farm labor costs and reform the H-2A wage rate. “Over the past several years... more »

Oregon governor extends COVID-19 housing protections for ag workers

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 23 extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation and isolation in order to... more »

Breaking: Judge orders Trump administration to reinstate farmworker wage survey

Likely preventing pay cuts to the thousands of U.S. farmworkers toiling through the pandemic, a federal judge on Oct. 28 squashed the Trump administration’s bid to halt a longstanding survey that determines the minimum wage... more »

Project to optimize food plant worker safety, product supply

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the nation’s food supply, in part due to food industry workers falling ill, which reduces the workforce and can lead to temporary facility shut-downs. A Cornell-led project will use computer... more »

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown extends COVID-19 housing protections for ag workers

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Oct. 23 extended COVID-19 protections for agricultural workers in employer-provided housing through the off season. Executive Order 20-58 addresses requirements related to physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation in order to... more »

Florida ag department announces additional farmworker COVID-19 testing

Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are announcing additional COVID-19 testing sites St. Lucie and Miami Dade County for farmworkers as the fall harvest season begins. The product of a partnership with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and... more »

Outbreak totals 59 among harvest workers in Oregon strawberry operation

Nearly 60 incoming seasonal contract strawberry harvest workers for Planasa Oregon Operations LLC on Short Road in Klamath Falls tested positive for COVID-19 before they started work about two weeks ago, according to company officials.... more »

EFI hires Karla Cook as certification manager

On its continued path of growth, Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups, has hired Karla Cook as certification manager. Cook brings extensive... more »


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