Labor

House Ag Committee seeks labor input from growers

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has created a bipartisan Agricultural Labor Working Group and is asking growers of specialty crops and other commodities to complete an online survey. The committee’s chairman, Glenn “GT” Thompson, and... more »

Drone assignment: A costly investment, consider pros and cons

A recent addition in growers’ toolboxes, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flying over orchards and vineyards can supply images to help orchardists and horticulturists more precisely and efficiently identify areas of concern. Drones can increase efficiencies... more »

Michigan growers besieged by labor, AEWR

Just this year, four growers mowed their asparagus fields and are leaving the industry. Because of untimely weather? Poor crop prices? Input costs? No. Because of low labor availability and an unaffordable rising Adverse Effect... more »

EFI promotes staff

Equitable Food Initiative has promoted two organization veterans to help the group’s expanding workforce development strategies and implement its Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices. In his new role... more »

UF/IFAS AgrAbility project enhances ADA

The University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is recognizing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped farming. As July 26 marked the 33rd anniversary of the ADA, UF... more »

Drones aid crop soil science

Unmanned aerial vehicles UAVs — drones — have many professional uses. American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America wants growers to know how the new world of drones aid crop science research.... more »

EFI offers tips on dealing with summer heat

As the nation experiences a summer of extreme heat, the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is raising awareness about the dangers and symptoms of heat and sun exposure. The EFI provides a downloadable tip sheet for... more »

What do farmworkers and NFL players have in common?

What do professional football players and farmworkers have in common? They have long seasons, traveling from place to place. They have to spend time away from their family. They frequently deal with aches, pains and... more »

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