Labor

Ag Labor Forum turnout brings expansion of NCAE room block

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) announces that the room block has been expanded (twice) and extended for its Sixth Annual Ag Labor Forum Dec. 4-6, 2019, being held at the M Resort just... more »

NCAE Column: Bureaucracy around ag labor policy is frustrating

One of the things that frustrates many Americans is the bureaucracy that exists in the federal government. I share that frustration and I’ll provide just a couple of my frustrations related to agricultural labor in... more »

Retaining good employees requires an investment

I regularly encounter retail farm market managers and owners who express frustration with not being able to find, much less keep, good employees. Also, they talk about training employees to represent or at least understand... more »

Updates to Worker Protection Standard rules proposed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  proposed on Oct. 24 narrow updates to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) pesticide regulation to improve the long-term success of the agency’s Application Exclusion Zone (AEZ) requirements. The targeted... more »

Farm Workforce Modernization Act introduced

U.S. House lawmakers on Oct. 30 unveiled a bipartisan agriculture labor package that would offer a path to legalization for farmworkers and expand the H-2A visa program for foreign labor. This is an immigration reform bill... more »

EFI scorecards help growers assess labor risks

Equitable Food Initiative has released a free resource to the fresh produce industry to help grower-shippers identify and reduce risk in their foreign recruitment processes and with farm labor contractors. As the labor shortage in... more »

OFLC posts FAQs regarding H-2A applications under final rule

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has posted a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Round 14, related to H-2A Applications for Temporary Employment Certification under the 2010 H-2A Final Rule. These FAQs address... more »

Latest in visa and housing news to be shared at 2019 EXPO

After the proposed H-2C visas failed to gain support from the legislature, changes to H-2A and H-2B visas were revisited. The changes and new considerations growers need to make will be the focus of several... more »


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