Labor

Comment period open for labor practices Ethical Charter

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association are seeking public input on a draft Ethical Charter containing guiding principles and values intended to set a framework for responsible labor practices throughout the... more »

GK Machine blueberry harvester receives AE50 award

GK Machine’s Berry Transport was just recognized with an AE50 award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). AE50 awards honor the year’s most innovative designs in engineering products or systems for the... more »

Minimum wage rates for H-2A workers updated

The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor has announced the 2017 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H-2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or... more »

Wafla awarded $3 million for housing project

The Washington State Department of Commerce’s Housing Finance Unit today awarded $26 million in loans and grants from the state’s Housing Trust Fund, $2.7 million from the Federal HOME program, and $2.9 from the National... more »

EPA’s Worker Protection Standard manual revised

EPA in conjunction with the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC) Exit is making available a guide to help users of agricultural pesticides comply with the requirements of the 2015 revised federal Worker Protection Standard. The manual... more »

Court stops Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations

A Texas federal court granted a nationwide emergency injunction prohibiting the implementation of the final Fair Labor Standards Act regulations that essentially doubled the current minimum annual salary level for exemption from $23,660 to $47,476... more »

H-2A wage rates projected for 2017

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released core data that will be used to calculate the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for 2017. The AEWR in Washington and Oregon will likely rise 5.44 percent... more »

Feds publish new I-9 employment form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to... more »

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Cover image of Fruit Growers News (FGN) July 2024 issue.

Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

Smart tech wipes out pests: The latest trends in spraying automation

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

Georgia peach success: Pearson Farm’s six generations find orchard happiness

FIRA preview: Tree fruit tech options abound at ag robotics conference

Fresh Views: Grapevine disease management tackled

Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

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