Labor

Farm Bureau: Action on ag labor bill possible this fall

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) is holding out hope an agriculture labor package can move through Congress in the coming weeks. AFBF released the following statement on Aug. 28: "When House lawmakers return to... more »

ICE issues news release regarding labor arrests

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) released the following news release regarding criminal arrests Aug. 8. "During a multi-state operation led by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)... more »

Worker Protection Standard respirator rules updated

Starting in January, growers needed to be compliant with three additional requirements for the updated Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The new requirements have generated a substantial number of questions from all types of agricultural businesses.... more »

NY governor signs Working Farm Protection Act into law

The National Young Farmers Coalition, together with its five New York chapters, New York Farm Bureau, American Farmland Trust, and land trusts from around the state, have credited Gov. Andrew Cuomo for signing the Working... more »

Bill introduced in House to address H-2A reforms

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Representatives Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Lamar Smith (R-Texas), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Michael Conaway (R-Texas), and Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) on July 18 introduced the bipartisan AG and... more »

BREAKING NEWS: PMA, United Fresh focus on responsible labor use

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association have launched the "Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices," a framework for responsible labor practices in fresh produce and floral supply chains. The boards of... more »

USDA applauds housing eligibility for temporary farm workers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released internal guidance on changes made to farm labor housing eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 amended a section of the Housing Act of 1949 to extend... more »

California labor contractor penalized $646K for late pay

A labor contractor in California’s Coachella Valley region faces more than $646,000 penalties for sending paychecks late for allegedly failing to give 1,374 seasonal farmworkers their final pay on time. The labor contractor, Vista Santa... more »


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