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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Worker dies after 20-foot fall at Michigan fruit facility

An employee at Belding Fruit Storage in Belding, Michigan, died from a 20-foot fall at the facility on Oct. 15. Arturo "Sam" Medina was a 38-year emp... more »

USDA invests in expanding, diversifying US agriculture workforce

An increase in federal and private-sector support will expand and diversify the U.S. agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, ... more »

Florida agriculture employment up 29 percent in 13 years

About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers... more »

New overtime rule outrages California growers

On Sept. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will phase in new overtime rules for the state’s agricultural workers beginning in 2019.... more »

California governor signs farmworker overtime bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1066 into law on Sept. 12, expanding overtime for farmworkers. The California legislature passed the... more »

WGA’s AgTech Innovation Arena competition now open

Western Growers (WG) officially launched the second annual Innovation Arena Competition, which will offer six agtech start-up companies an opportunity... more »

Farmworker overtime bill heads to California governor

The California legislature has approved a bill that would expand overtime rules for farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066, passed on a 44-32 vote, now hea... more »

Ag groups help launch Reason for Reform campaign

The Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) recently released 51 new economic research reports (one for every state plus the District of Columbi... more »

USDA awards $26 million for farmworker housing

USDA has awarded $26 million to help provide housing for farmworkers in nine rental communities in four states. The funding will support 439 rental u... more »

New York Farm Bureau seeks to intervene in labor lawsuit

New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) is seeking to intervene in a farm labor lawsuit filed against New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The farm organizati... more »


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