Labor Series

For growers using H-2A labor, housing tops difficulties

Growers using the H-2A visa program for seasonal labor say it’s working, but among the program’s most difficult rules are its housing requirements. At a panel discussion at the Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show... more »

Guest worker legislation opposed by Western Growers

The Western Growers Board of Directors recently voted to oppose House Resolution 4760, which the group called "flawed" in its attempt to reform agricultural labor. Sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, the resolution would create a... more »

Ag secretary talks of options for labor reform

Growers may feel discouraged about ag labor policy, but the country’s top agriculture official is upbeat about the future. During a Feb. 1 visit to Michigan, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue discussed legislative work that’s... 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, according to Stan Moore, senior educator for Michigan... more »

App to help migrant laborers connect with jobs

Finding and retaining laborers has become a top challenge for specialty crop growers throughout the country. A west Michigan man hopes to streamline the recruiting process for growers – as well as provide farmworkers with... more »

Growers share pros and cons of H-2A program

Short on labor and thinking about hiring H-2A workers? The federal guest-worker program, which more farm employers are using these days, has its pros and cons. A couple of Michigan growers shared their experiences with... more »

Program shows appreciation for farmworkers

Harvesting vegetables and fruit is a difficult profession, requiring commitment and a unique set of skills. When farm employers find the right workers, they need to let them know their work is appreciated, said Steve... more »

Vegetable Growers News survey: grower labor supply

Vegetable Growers News asked readers four questions in January, seeking information on their labor supply. A sampling of the results is below. Did you have enough labor in 2016? No: 53 percent Yes: 47 percent If... more »

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