Labor

USDA’s Annual Farm Labor Survey draws ag employers’ inquiry

The National Council of Agricultural Employers filed an inquiry Aug. 31 with the USDA. The council has asked for response to questions and concerns regarding the USDA’s Annual Farm Labor Survey. The Farm Labor Survey... more »

Migrant housing emergency rules continued in Michigan

On Aug. 31, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell issued a continuation of the Pandemic Public Health Measures in Migrant Agricultural Worker Housing Emergency rules through the end of the 2021... more »

Agtech career development pipeline unveiled by Western Growers

Western Growers has bolstered its workforce development efforts with the launch of five initiatives aimed at transitioning the agriculture workforce to master rapidly developing agricultural technology. The initiatives make up Western Growers' (WG) Agtech Workforce... more »

Michigan migrant, seasonal farmworkers’ career paths aided with grant

Three Michigan State University partners will help develop career advancement opportunities for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in a new $500,000 USDA grant. This funding supports the Michigan Agriculture and Food System Workforce Advancement Initiative (MAFSWAI)... more »

Employers must protect employees from excessive heat, wildfire smoke

California's hot summer growing season and an ongoing drought feeding out-of-control wildfires pose challenges for farm employers. The 700,000-acre-and-counting Dixie Fire and the devastating Caldor Fire have conspired to funnel smoke in agricultural production areas... more »

2021 Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report set by United Fresh

United Fresh Produce Association has published the sixth edition of its Produce Industry Compensation & Benefits Report, an expansive research resource that assists produce industry employers in understanding critical compensation benchmarks. Developed with input from... more »

Ag labor challenges in Michigan targeted in new survey

Ask any agricultural employer in Michigan to list their biggest concerns and there's a good chance labor ranks near the top. Attracting and retaining employees has long been a challenge for the food and agriculture... more »

Funds to build housing for farm workers offered by USDA

The USDA is seeking applications for funding to increase the supply of affordable housing for farm workers. Luis R. García, acting state director of USDA Rural Development in Puerto Rico, said that subject to the... more »

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