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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H-2A wage rates for 2017 projected

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has released core data that will be used to calculate the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) for 2017... more »

Feds publish new I-9 employment form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, emp... more »

New overtime rules leave California growers wondering if they’ll survive

On Sept. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will phase in new overtime rules for the state’s agricultural workers beginning in 2019.... more »

USDA

USDA invests in expanding US agriculture workforce

An increase in federal and private-sector support will expand and diversify the U.S. agricultural workforce by increasing opportunities in education, ... more »

Florida agriculture employment up 29 percent in 13 years

About 1.56 million people worked full- or part-time in agriculture, natural resources and food industries in 2014, an increase of about 40,000 workers... more »

New overtime rule outrages California growers

On Sept. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will phase in new overtime rules for the state’s agricultural workers beginning in 2019.... more »

Governor signs overtime bill for California farmworkers

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1066 into law on Sept. 12, expanding overtime for farmworkers. The California legislature passed the bill on a ... more »

California legislature approves farm worker overtime bill

The California legislature has approved a bill that would expand overtime rules for farm workers. Assembly Bill 1066, passed on a 44-32 vote, now he... more »

Food safety, labor complicate vegetable growing at Uesugi Farms

Joe Aiello has seen plenty of changes since he bought Uesugi Farms in 1979, mainly in the areas of food safety, irrigation and labor. Farming today... more »

Ag groups help launch Reason for Reform campaign

The Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) recently released 51 new economic research reports (one for every state plus the District of Columbi... more »


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