Labor

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, according to Stan Moore, senior educator f... more

Tougher pesticide safety rules are now in effect

Recent revisions to EPA’s Worker Protection Standard (WPS) went into effect Jan. 2, 2017. WPS is primarily intended to reduce the risks of illness or injur... more

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Necessity forces Cuban growers to improvise, innovate

It is always nice to see new ways of doing things – whether it is a novel cultivator, a new farm management system or an entirely different way to g... more »

Produce handlers: wash your hands with soap and water

The single most important thing produce growers, pickers and handlers can do to prevent the spread of foodborne illness is wash their hands. It can re... more »

Establishing Cooperatives — VGNtv

Hannah Scott, manager of the Ohio Cooperative Development Center, walks growers through the process of forming a cooperative.... watch »

MAFVC engages Spanish-speaking farm workers, farmers

Since 2009, Penn State Extension has hosted a full-day session at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention (MAFVC), taught completely in Spanis... more »

US Chamber of Commerce, USDA promote agriculture jobs to military veterans

The USDA announced a joint agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to increase employment opportunities in the agricultural sector for... more »

US Department of Labor announces delays in H-2A applications

Employers who participate in H-1B, H-2A and H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa programs may experience delays in the processing of applications, accordi... more »

Filling the labor gap: 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 fo... more »

Farm labor harder to find than it was 50 years ago

Five decades ago, there was a sea change in the world of agricultural labor – and ag employers are still feeling the ripples today. It started in... more »

Poster requirements can be daunting for 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... more »

New worker protection rules impact farm, greenhouse workers

Owners of farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses that use pesticides in agricultural plant production will have to implement additional safeguards ... more »


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