Labor

Grower finishes 17 years of labor advocacy in capital

For the better part of two decades, tomato grower Fred Leitz has regularly left the family farm in Sodus, Michigan to advocate in the nation's capital for reform of agricultural labor laws. Leitz t... more

Effective management boosts employee retention

In an era that finds farms struggling to find and maintain an adequate workforce, effective management goes a long way in retaining the workers they do have, ac... more

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Agriculture Sector Faces Labor Squeeze

Communicating the importance of a healthy farm sector is a continual challenge. The U.S.-produced food supply is facing dozens of serious and difficul... more »

Corporate Social Responsibility As Good As Good Government?

Back in "the old days," it was conventional wisdom that some people and most large corporations, given the opportunity, would do bad things sometimes,... more »

Asparagus Growers Prepare for Processing Plant Loss

What's the state of asparagus in the state of Washington? It's hard to pin down, but change is in the air. Washington's asparagus industry is in a sta... more »

Sweet’s Gourmet Corn aims to be true to its name

Not every farmer can say his name's his claim to fame, but Gary Sweet can. Sweet's Gourmet Sweet Corn is for sale at more than 40 locations in the cit... more »

Wholesale Apples Give Way to Variety, Agritainment

For 30 years, Peter Barton was a commercial apple grower with 200 acres of apples. "It was easier then," he said. "We were properly equipped, our mind... more »

Okray Farms Enters 101st Year

The governing philosophy at Okray Farms is slow, steady growth. And that's exactly what they've done over the last 100 years. What started as a small ... more »

Asparagus Documentary Film Wins National Attention

A Michigan country gal now living the life of a struggling artist in New York's East Village has struck a blow for her folks back home with a film dep... more »

Utah Farm Wants to Renew Interest in Strawberries

Maple Mountain Greenhouse and Strawberry Farms has a pretty good motto: "Our berries are so sweet, you'll think we dipped them in sugar." Owner Mark V... more »

Ontario Grower Brings Ingenuity to Brussels Sprouts

From the road, it's an idyllic setting. Rows of bright green Brussels sprouts stretch a full mile across this level field in Southwestern Ontario. The... more »

President Bush Vows to Push Immigration Reform

It's been more than a year since President George Bush announced his immigration reform proposal, and the U.S. Congress has yet to take action on it. ... more »


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