ag labor

Congress sidesteps ag labor, immigration reform again

Legislation to address agricultural immigration reform is dead this Congressional session, with legislators approving an omnibus appropriations bill that doesn’t address any of the H-2A wage reform, labor availability and other workforce issues sought by... more »

How is the labor situation affecting your operation?

The Fruit Growers News is seeking input from growers through a survey on the labor situation in the U.S. It’s a hot-button issue for all areas of agriculture, but it’s become of critical concern in... more »

Field worker wages up 6%, signaling hike for H-2A pay

Field workers at U.S. farms received an average of $17.04 per hour in October, an increase of 6% from the same month in 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Labor Survey. The... more »

IFPA calls H-2A wages an ‘assault’ on produce industry

The International Fresh Produce Association is projecting an almost 7% average increase pay rates for workers in the H-2A program, based on the recent release of the annual U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Labor Survey... more »

Ag labor group sues to halt H-2A changes

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has filed a legal challenge to changes in the H-2A program. The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Labor has “unlawfully repealed a final rule duly issued, prescribed... more »

Workers benefit from flu vaccines, COVID-19 boosters

This year has been the worst year for flu in the United States in over a decade, according to recently released federal data.  Farmworkers, and especially those who live in shared housing with other workers,... more »

PickTrace labor management expands services

A labor management company that offers fresh produce industry growers a digital solution for time, attendance and productivity tracking of employees has expanded services to ease hiring and payment processes. PickTrace, Glendale, California, first offered... more »

NCAE sets Ag Labor Forum agenda

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has set the agenda for its 9th Annual Ag Labor Forum. The forum will be Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the M Resort near Las Vegas. “This year’s event... more »

Georgia forum examines ag labor issues, laws

The Georgia Ag Labor Relations Forum features two days of updates and discussion from regulators and leading ag industry experts. The forum, Nov. 9-10, returns to Tifton, Georgia, in a new location, the Abraham Baldwin... more »

Sessions highlight new produce snacks, dining trends

One purpose of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association’s convention was to pollinate ideas as a group that could benefit the industry. In sessions, attendees got a peek into how gene editing could help increase... more »

Current Issue

Italian orchard all-in on multi-leader system

Italy’s apple-focused show rich on technology

Michigan hort group lauds Thome, Shane

H-2A, ag labor reform efforts die in Congress

2022 Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 recognized

Michigan apple growers to decide future of program

Great Lakes EXPO Farm Market Bus Tour 2022

Engelsma family claims 7th cider contest win

Soil solutions: tips for strawberry growers take center stage

Farm Market & Agrotourism: take time to assess your marketing strategy

Cherry Marketing Institute: Michigan cherry group focuses on H-2A, FDA rule

 

see all current issue »

Be sure to check out our other specialty agriculture brands

produceprocessingsm Organic Grower