Labor

California Housing for the Harvest program expands to more counties

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced Sept. 17 that the counties of Kings, Riverside and Tulare will participate in Housing for the Harvest, a program announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom in July... more »

Emergency Temporary Worker Housing Rule enacted in Washington state

On Sept. 10, Washington state announced a new Emergency Temporary Worker Housing  (TWH) Rule, which expires on Jan. 8, and proposed a new permanent rule, which may be issued next spring if needed. The new rule emphasizes... more »

Articles discuss COVID-19 effects on labor, policy, transportation and consumers

It’s no secret that producers of toilet paper and PPE had a quick increase in demand in March 2020. But how has the global pandemic affected the labor markets, supply chains, and overall consumer behavior... more »

Video series provides guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions for farmworkers

As the fall harvest season begins, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are launching a nine-part video series created to provide guidance on COVID-19 safety precautions for... more »

Colorado ag industry challenged by multiple woes

Specialty crop growers are all too familiar with the vagaries presented by damaging weather impacts, pest and disease intrusions, market fluctuations, labor shortages and any number of obstacles that come their way in pursuing a... more »

Gebbers Farms: COVID-19 testing confirms prevention measures work

State COVID-19 testing at one of Washington’s largest fruit growers indicates that Gebbers Farms’ preventive measures have been effective at protecting workers, though the family-owned company continues to mourn the loss of three team members... more »

Pleas to Congress don’t connect; action needed

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. The following week, I was invited by one of our members to join a conference call... more »

Farmers’ markets prove to be essential, resilient

Ninety percent of my work during the COVID-19 crisis has been with farmers’ markets throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The very day that Gov. Tom Wolf announced the closure of schools and businesses, Pennsylvania Secretary... more »


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