Labor

Michigan agencies recognize farm workers who plant, harvest state’s crops

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed July as Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Appreciation Month, providing the opportunity for Michiganders to support and appreciate this valuable workforce. In celebration, the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural... more »

Michigan reverses mandatory testing for ag, food processing employees

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has rescinded its order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural employees. This change, announced June 2, is being made in light of increasing vaccination rates; declining COVID-19 cases;... more »

Students give physical therapy to south Georgia migrant farm workers

On a hot South Georgia summer night, farmworkers line up across the grass at an outdoor clinic waiting area. The workers are waiting for a few minutes of individual care from third-year Doctor of Physical... more »

Michigan issues new agricultural worker testing order

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued a new agricultural worker testing order, replacing the August 2020 order in its entirety. The June 2021 order includes a new definition for agricultural work, clarifies... more »

EFI receives new grant from Walmart Foundation

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that the Walmart Foundation has awarded it a new one-year grant of $700,000. The grant builds... more »

Victory for property rights seen in Supreme Court union trespassing case

In what was seen as a victory for property owners, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 affirmed that the government cannot force people to allow third parties to trespass on their property. In a... more »

Ag employers’ group shares plan to vaccinate H-2A temporary workers

The National Council of Agricultural Employers announced June 21 that the council’s ongoing collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control has resulted in another opportunity to protect farmworkers from COVID-19. “Earlier this year, NCAE members... more »

Most COVID testing rules kept in place in Michigan health order

A new Michigan Department of Health an Human Services order that finally accounts for the COVID-19 vaccination status of agricultural workers is presenting several new concerns for Michigan farmers. The Michigan Department of Health an Human... more »

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