Labor

Economist: ag employers scramble to secure labor

The agriculture community is being impacted by the four S’s: satisfy, stretching, substitution and supplementing, according to an agriculture economist who spoke Nov. 29 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the... more

House Judiciary Committee OKs E-Verify, guestworker bills

On Oct. 25, the House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 17-16 a bill to create a new agricultural guestworker program for America’s farmers and ranche... more

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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... more »

Western Growers sponsors immigration event

On October 5, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif will participate in the National Immigration Forum’s event, Leading the Way: A Ne... more »

New bill would create H-2C guest-worker program

Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has unveiled a bill to create a new agricultural guest-worker program fo... more »

WMU gets $2 million grant to assist farmworkers

Western Michigan University has been awarded more than $2 million over the next five years to support first-year, first-generation unde... more »

Western Growers releases 2017 compensation, HR data

Western Growers has released its 2017 Professional Compensation and HR Practices Surveys, exclusive data on base pay, incentive pay, merit inc... more »

Bill protecting against ICE raids in California advances

The Immigrant Worker Protection Act, a bill authored by California State Assembly member David Chiu, D-San Francisco, that "affirmatively protects wor... more »

Soaring labor costs confront produce growers

Anti-immigrant sentiment, a decline in illegal immigration and an aging population among existing migrant workers are all feeding into a growing labor... 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 d... more »

Program certifies farmers treat their workers right

After his farm became completely certified organic three decades ago, Jim Cochran had a thought: Why not certify employment practices the same way you... 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 illnes... more »


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