Labor

More Michigan growers hiring H-2A workers

Michigan growers are taking the plunge into H-2A, and don’t appear to be turning back. It started with a pilot project in 2014, when four apple orchards hired 90 pickers. By 2015, Michigan Farm Bureau,... more »

DOL backup will delay H-2A workers

In late January, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced delays in H-2A and H-2B applications due to network issues. In early February, wafla, a human resources association for seasonal employers based in Washington state, began experiencing application... more »

US Chamber of Commerce, USDA push to enlist veterans in agriculture

The USDA announced a joint agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to increase employment opportunities in the agricultural sector for military veterans and their spouses. USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary... more »

Harvest technology curbs labor woes

Michigan apple grower Steve Tennes has seen his attempts to grow his farm’s production numbers crimped by ongoing labor concerns. His foray into finding a solution to those challenges was bolstered this past growing season... more »

US Department of Labor announces H-2A delays

Employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs may experience delays in the processing of applications, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC). The OFLC... more »

Poster requirements can be daunting for ag employers

Employers must often keep up with a variety of required government posters at their orchards, farms or other places of business, which can be daunting at times. Private poster services can be helpful by selling... more »

Washington state details how to pay workers for rest periods

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries recently released guidance on how to pay workers for rest periods. Wafla, a Washington state-based association that consults seasonal employers, requested the guidance after a July 16 state supreme... more »

Labor shortages reported during California harvest

This year, California farmers planted fewer acres and let go of hundreds of farm workers. But despite the downsizing, labor shortages are being reported across the state. Here’s more from the Sierra Sun Times: Contra... more »

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