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Migrant, seasonal workers’ contribution to Michigan’s ag industry saluted

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed July as Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Appreciation Month, providing the opportunity for Michiganders to support and appreciate this valuable workforce. In celebration, the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Rural... more »

Testing for ag, food processing employees reversed in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has rescinded its order requiring COVID-19 testing for agricultural employees. This change, announced June 2, is being made in light of increasing vaccination rates; declining COVID-19 cases;... more »

South Georgia migrant farm workers get physical therapy from students

On a hot South Georgia summer night, farmworkers line up across the grass at an outdoor clinic waiting area. The workers are waiting for a few minutes of individual care from third-year Doctor of Physical... more »

Walmart Foundation grant goes to Equitable Food Initiative

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announced that the Walmart Foundation has awarded it a new one-year grant of $700,000. The grant builds... more »

Supreme Court union trespassing case results in win for property rights

In what was seen as a victory for property owners, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 affirmed that the government cannot force people to allow third parties to trespass on their property. In a... more »

Plan to vaccinate H-2A temporary workers shared by ag employers’ group

The National Council of Agricultural Employers announced June 21 that the council’s ongoing collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control has resulted in another opportunity to protect farmworkers from COVID-19. “Earlier this year, NCAE members... more »

Michigan health order keeps most COVID testing rules in place

A new Michigan Department of Health an Human Services order that finally accounts for the COVID-19 vaccination status of agricultural workers is presenting several new concerns for Michigan farmers. The Michigan Department of Health an Human... more »

Fully vaccinated ag workers exempted from routine testing in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has updated its Order for COVID-19 testing for agricultural employees. New CDC guidance allows for fully vaccinated individuals in this category to be exempt from routine screening... more »

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