Lack of seasonal workers puts Michigan farmers in a pickle

Fred Leitz has watched some of his family’s southwest Michigan vegetable crop go unpicked this summer because of seasonal worker shortages that are plaguing the state’s agriculture industry.At times, the fourth-generation vegetable and fruit grower... more »

Tart cherry growers finally have access to crop insurance

Michigan tart cherry growers now have access to federal crop insurance, for the first time ever, according to Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.According to Stabenow's... more »

Debate continues over farm labor contracting in Washington state

Legal advocates for employees and employers are engaged in a public debate over whether the state Farm Labor Contractor Act is serving its original purpose to protect employees, or if it’s eliminating jobs by running... more »

Industry reacts to Senate immigration bill

The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill June 27. The Senate passed the bill – called the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act – by a 68-32 vote.According to United Fresh,... more »

Farm bill clears U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate passed the 2013 Farm Bill June 10 by a vote of 66-27. The bipartisan proposal cuts $24 billion in spending by eliminating direct payment subsidies, consolidating programs to end duplication and cracking... more »

Immigration reform advances in Senate

The full Senate is expected to take up immigration reform in June after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill on a 13-5 vote. The proposed new agriculture worker program survived the... more »

Fruit farmers fight to rebound from last year

Like so many Michigan fruit growers this week, Rodney Winkel is sweating it. He’s up before the sun, checking his apple blossoms, organizing migrant workers to pick his asparagus — and feeling the weight of... more »

Workers claim racial bias in farms’ hiring of immigrants

For years, labor unions and immigrant rights activists have accused large-scale farmers, like those harvesting sweet Vidalia onions here this month, of exploiting Mexican guest workers. Working for hours on end under a punishing sun,... more »

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May 2022 issue of Fruit Growers News

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