Labor

New York Farm Bureau opposes $15 minimum wage

Family farmers and small business owners recently joined together at farms and businesses across New York state to ask state lawmakers to oppose the proposed $15 minimum wage increase. The April 1 budget deadline is... more »

MAFVC engages Spanish-speaking farmers, farmworkers

Since 2009, Penn State Extension has hosted a full-day session at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC), taught completely in Spanish. The MAFVC was held Feb. 2-4 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. ... more »

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 »

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