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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Workers sue Michigan blueberry farm

Migrant Legal Aid and Willenson Law, a Chicago law firm, have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of migrant and seasonal farm workers against Fenn... more »

USDA extends deadline for recording farm structure

  The USDA is providing farms a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Active... more »

GAP training available for Latino growers, farmworkers

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension will host the first of several Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) workshops in Spanish June 3-4. MSU Extensio... more »

Limit exposure by laundering clothing after pesticide applications

Pesticide-contaminated clothing needs to be treated differently than the rest of the family laundry. “Pesticides pose a potential health risk, ev... more »

Western Growers applauds USCIS streamlining of H-2A processing

While in Washington, D.C. for the Association’s Annual Board Fly-in, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif has released a statement on announ... more »

Minimum wage brings headaches for growers

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted New York to become the first state in the nation to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure eventually passe... more »

Michigan launches Certified Fertilizer Applicator program

In its first five months of operation, the newly-launched Michigan Certified Fertilizer Applicator Program (CFA) has enrolled more than 450 profession... more »

Visa backlogs threaten this year’s harvest

Agency delays in processing visas for workers who tend and harvest America's food crops are fast approaching crisis proportions, all but guaranteeing ... more »

NASDA joins Farm Bureau in calling for faster H-2A processing

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) joined forces with the American Farm Bureau Federation to call on the federal gov... more »

Study: fewer agriculture workers migrating

America’s seasonal agricultural industry suffered from a perceived labor shortage in recent years as the average migrant workers became significantl... more »


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