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Washington releases apple industry economic impact study

The Washington Apple Commission has released an economic impact study on the effect the state's apple industry has on the area. Washington’s apple industry is a major contributor of income, employment and tax revenues to... more »

Growers get one more year of Guthion

Federal regulators will allow fruit growers to use the insecticide Guthion for an additional year.EPA said Thursday the extension is due to higher-than-normal stocks of the organophosphate chemical in grower hands because of crop losses... more »

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 »

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FGN February 2021

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