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USAID panel participation leads to Guatemalan trip

I was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “Legal Labor Pathways” for U.S. agricultural jobs. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted the panel that took place in early May. Unlike many... more »

USHBC releases annual impact report

In a recent email, Shelly Hartmann, chair of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC), shared the organization’s accomplishments despite the challenges faced in 2023. Hartmann emphasized the council's efforts in promoting the blueberry industry, maintaining... more »

USApple celebrates Apples4Ed grant winners

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) has awarded Apples4Ed grants to five schools from around the nation for the 2023-24 school year. Each $5,000 grant will support initiatives that expose students to a wider variety of... more »

Farmworker protection rule detangled in NCAE webinar

In a recent webinar, the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) presented information to help growers and agricultural employers better understand the farmworker protection rule. The May 21 “Detangling the Department of Labor’s ‘Farmworker Protection’... more »

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council awarded $1.3 million

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) has been awarded $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture’s Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) to expand export opportunities for U.S.A. blueberries. "We applaud Secretary Tom... more »

Farmworker protection rule detangled in NCAE webinar

National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) recently hosted a webinar that presented information to help growers and agricultural employers better understand the farmworker protection rule. The May 21 “Detangling the Department of Labor’s ‘Farmworker Protection’... more »

Major League Pickleball declares blueberries its official fruit

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) announced its partnership with Major League Pickleball (MLP by Margaritaville) for their 2024 season, promoting blueberries as “the official fruit of MLP” among a rapidly growing base of pickleball... more »

USApple discusses exports with ag secretary 

The U.S. Apple Association’s board of directors recently met with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and members of his leadership team at the USDA to discuss exports and other issues.  Discussion of market access, agriculture... more »

Ag labor report calls for sweeping H-2A reforms

The House Agricultural Labor Working Group is calling for a number of changes to the H-2A temporary visa program long-supported by specialty crop growers, including wage reform, staggered entry for employees and streamlining the filing... more »

Apple holdings significantly increase

Fresh and processing apple inventories are reported higher early March this year than in the previous year, according to a March 11 report from the U.S. Apple Association. According to the USAppleTracker report, the total... more »

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