Ag employers group sees ‘blue card’ bill as good first step

Three Democratic lawmakers from California have presented new immigration legislation that would create an opportunity for undocumented agricultural workers to apply for legal status. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Congressman Jimmy Panetta, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren introduced... more »

Bill proposes path to citizenship for farm laborers

On Jan. 17, U.S. Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, introduced legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation and put them on a path toward earned legal status... more »

H-2A guest worker program AFBF topic

U.S. farmers and ranchers discussed the current state of regulations governing the farm labor market and efforts to navigate it, at a workshop during the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 100th Annual Convention. The H-2A... more »

Fight over hike in H-2A wage rates plays out in court

On Jan. 8, the U.S . Department of Justice (DOJ) moved to stay the action brought by the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) against the Department of Labor in the District Court for the... more »

NCAE files action to protect farmers from cost increases

In a filing made Jan. 7, the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) asked the federal District Court for the District of Columbia to enjoin the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing new... more »

Colorado supports agricultural intern opportunities

The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) introduces the new Agricultural Workforce Development Program, which provides incentives to agricultural businesses, including farms and ranches, to hire interns. Qualified businesses may be reimbursed up to 50 percent... more »

Consider physical labor of starting a new farming business

Many farms are equipped with up-to-date, labor saving machines and equipment, but many tasks on smaller, start-up farms require a great deal of physical effort. Over the past several decades, American agriculture has been transformed... more »

GFVGA hosts Agricultural Labor Relations Forum

Legislation and labor were the focus at the 2018 Georgia Agricultural Labor Relations Forum. The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association hosted nearly 100 attendees at the third annual event in Tifton, Nov. 13-14. “The... more »

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