Labor

Farm bureau and state officials blast ‘heavy handed’ federal labor investigations

In late July, investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor visited three blueberry farms in Marion County and announced finding "widespread"record-keeping and minimum wage violations at each.Farm labor law investigations are often contentious, especially involving... more »

Labor Department takes legal action against Michigan farms

The U.S. Department of Labor sent out a press release Aug. 22, stating it is taking legal action to protect migrant workers at three Michigan farm operations in Cass and Manistee counties, following investigations conducted... more »

New mailing address for H-2A forms

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification, which develops federal regulations and procedures concerning foreign workers seeking admission to the United States, has announced an address change for its National Processing Center (NPC) in Chicago, effective... more »

Labor shortage hits strawberry farmers

California farmers are experiencing a significant shortage of harvest labor.According to the California Farm Bureau Federation, berry farmers have been hit the worst. Some strawberry farmers say this year, they had to let some crops... more »

N.C. wary of possible farm labor shortage

North Carolina is a top producer of tobacco, sweet potatoes and other fruits and vegetables – but in the near future, farmers might not have enough workers to pick them.Across the nation, the number of... more »

USDA extends disaster status to more counties due to drought

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 39 additional counties in eight states as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by drought and excessive heat. During the 2012 crop year, USDA has designated... more »

Michigan blueberry farmer struggles to find enough pickers

Antonio Leduc doesn’t understand why Michigan is offering emergency housing assistance to migrant farm workers this summer.He has plenty of work available picking blueberries at his farm in Paw Paw, yet the state is offering... more »

Michigan to help migrant workers without summer housing due to devastated fruit crop

As farmers deal with a severely damaged fruit crop this year, the migrant workers who rely on the harvest for a living are struggling to find summer housing. mLiveClick here to read more. more »


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