Labor

Bipartisan House Committee group focuses on labor, H-2A

The House Committee on Agriculture is taking a look at the H-2A temporary visa guest worker program and other issues to address the lack of labor in the fruit and vegetable industry. The committee formed... more »

Farm Robotics Challenge winners named

A robot designed to reduce farmworker injuries and streamline harvest took the top prize in the Farm Robotics Challenge 2023. The challenge spotlighted the exceptional innovation and technical prowess of students from universities across the... more »

Nichino America to distribute biofungicide in U.S., Canada

Nichino America Inc. and BioConsortia Inc. have announced a supply agreement for Nichino to market and sell BEC-60 biofungicide in the U.S. and Canada. BioConsortia invented and developed BEC-60, a novel microbial fungicide. It is... more »

Food and ag summit tackles water, farm bill

The outlook for California’s agricultural economy shows some signs of improvement after several years of supply-chain constraints, high input costs and a multiyear drought that forced farmers to fallow acres and remove orchards. The June... more »

Equitable Food Initiative recognizes worker safety month

Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is bringing attention to worker safety by recognizing June as National Safety Month. EFI is encouraging fresh produce grower-shippers to prioritize worker engagement to drive workplace safety and improve the bottom... more »

Specialty crop groups outline Farm Bill requests

A group of speakers representing the specialty crop industry told a U.S. Senate subcommittee their Farm Bill 2023 requests, including a workable crop insurance program, research funding, and focus on organics and trade. The June... more »

EFI certifies all of Rouge River Farms’ operations

Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) has certified Rouge River Farms’ fourth location. The worker treatment certification makes the grower-shipper’s entire sweet corn supply chain – from south Florida to Ontario, Canada -- EFI Certified, according to... more »

House committee seeks answers on DOL H-2A delays

U.S. House and Senate Republicans are questioning the Department of Labor about what they say are “substantial delays” in processing agricultural employers’ requests for workers through the H-2A temporary visa program. In a May 25... more »

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