Labor

Penn State to host open forum on workforce concerns

Many fruit growers have expressed concerns about a shortage of skilled employees this harvest season. To discuss the path forward, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will conduct an open forum on Nov. 16 at the Penn... more »

Worker dies after 20-foot fall at Michigan fruit facility

An employee at Belding Fruit Storage in Belding, Michigan, died from a 20-foot fall at the facility on Oct. 15. Arturo "Sam" Medina was a 38-year employee of the Belding Fruit Storage facility, the Ionia Sentinal-Standard... more »

USDA invests in expanding, diversifying US agriculture workforce

An increase in federal and private-sector support will expand and diversify the U.S. agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, research and outreach, according to USDSA. The initiative is part of the White House Office... more »

Florida agriculture employment up 29 percent in 13 years

About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers from 2013, and nearly 29 percent from 2001, according to a new... more »

New overtime rule outrages California growers

On Sept. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will phase in new overtime rules for the state’s agricultural workers beginning in 2019. The standard overtime threshold for most California industries is eight... more »

California governor signs farmworker overtime bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1066 into law on Sept. 12, expanding overtime for farmworkers. The California legislature passed the bill on a 44-32 vote. Industry groups have released statements regarding the bill's signing.... more »

WGA’s AgTech Innovation Arena competition now open

Western Growers (WG) officially launched the second annual Innovation Arena Competition, which will offer six agtech start-up companies an opportunity to compete for two winning prizes. Applications are now open and will be accepted until... more »

Farmworker overtime bill heads to California governor

The California legislature has approved a bill that would expand overtime rules for farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066, passed on a 44-32 vote, now heads to Governor Jerry Brown's desk. The bill would offer farmworkers time-and-a-half pay for... more »

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