UCCE specialist Winter, the ‘Elvis of E. coli,’ retires after 32 years

He has been called the “Elvis of E. coli” and the “Sinatra of Salmonella,” and now Carl Winter, a University of California Cooperative Extension food toxicologist for 32 years, rocked and roll his way into retirement... more »

Video of NCAE’s ‘H-2A 101’ webinar available

The National Council of Agricultural Employers' (NCAE) inaugural educational webinar “H-2A 101” was "a terrific success. In fact, it was so popular that the training sold out." The webinar was hosted by Tom Bortnyk, vice... more »

Survey: Grower search for labor intensifies

For the third consecutive year, the majority of growers who responded to a labor survey conducted by Vegetable Growers News reported they experienced severe worker shortages. Most continue to search for labor solutions, including the... more »

H-2A program faces scrutiny under new Washington state measure

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on May 22 signed legislation that will allow the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to ensure foreign workers under the federal H-2A program have the support they need on the job... more »

Ag laborers from Mexico show sharp decline, UC Davis reports

For decades, farmers in the United States have depended on people from foreign countries – mostly Mexico – to work in the fields. Only 2 percent of California’s farmworkers were born in the U.S. But... more »

California survey: Over 50% of farms fall short of labor

Despite taking a variety of steps to alleviate chronic shortages of agricultural employees, California farmers and ranchers continue to report problems in hiring enough people for on-farm jobs. A survey released April 30 shows 56%... more »

NCAE: Stick to statutory requirements in setting ag wage rate

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) has petitioned the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and its Secretary, Alex Acosta, to amend the regulatory methodology used in determining whether an alternative wage other than a... more »

Educational webinar series on ag labor issues planned

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is launching an educational webinar that will kick off a series focusing on issues facing agricultural employers. “This webinar series is an exciting expansion of services offered by... more »

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