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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EPA slows implementation of pesticide applicators rule

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on May 11 announced a 12-month extension for implementation of the revised final Certification and Training of Pesticid... more »

Feinstein, colleagues introduce legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation

Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii and Kamala Harris, D-Calif. Wednesday  int... more »

Western Growers’ health plan marks anniversary

Western Growers Assurance Trust (WGAT) marks 60 years of offering health care options to the agricultural community with a series of open hou... 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 streamlin... more »

New respirator guidelines in effect under Worker Protection Standards

Requirements for a medical evaluation, fit testing and specific training for use of respirators and the associated record keeping became effective Jan... 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 ... more »

Ag groups send letter on immigration reform to president

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC) this week emphasized the importance of immigration reform for America’s farmers and ranchers in a letter s... 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... 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. ... more »

States find ways to deal with labor shortages

It’s hard to know the exact number of seasonal specialty crop workers in the United States, but Frank Gasperini thinks 1.5 million is a good estimat... more »


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