Labor

National Children’s Center offers grants for child ag safety

Proposals are now being accepted by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety for grants up to $20,000 to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural... more »

Growers: Far too few workers

Conditions may be improving slightly for the fruit growing community, based on responses to a labor survey conducted by Fruit Growers News, but 40 percent of respondents still experienced severe worker shortages in 2017. Most... more »

ALRB may count ballots in election involving UFW, Gerawan Farming

Workers at Gerawan Farming Co., who have been fighting for five years to oust the United Farm Workers, may get another shot to disconnect from the union, thanks to a ruling May 30 by the... more »

Cabinet members issue statement on H-2A visa modernization

U.S. Secretary of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the following statement May 24 regarding attempts to modernize the H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa... more »

Colorado fruit growers talk trade, labor with Perdue

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met with members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) May 15 at Sakata Farms to discuss the biggest challenges facing their farms. "Securing qualified,... more »

2017’s most common agribusiness insurance claims 

To help educate agribusiness professionals about costly trends in the industry, U.S. farm insurer Nationwide recently released its most common commercial agribusiness insurance claims. Below are the top 10 commercial agribusiness claims the company received... more »

For growers using H-2A labor, housing tops difficulties

Growers using the H-2A visa program for seasonal labor say it’s working, but among the program’s most difficult rules are its housing requirements. At a panel discussion at the Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show... more »

Rotten eggs, steak knives add to labor’s hidden housing costs

When an apple growers think of the many ways decay and mold can cost them money, most wouldn’t put a rotten egg high on that list, but that is the reality created by the current... more »


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