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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New overtime rule outrages California growers

On Sept. 12, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will phase in new overtime rules for the state’s agricultural workers beginning in 2019.... more »

Governor signs overtime bill for California farmworkers

Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1066 into law on Sept. 12, expanding overtime for farmworkers. The California legislature passed the bill on a ... more »

California legislature approves farm worker overtime bill

The California legislature has approved a bill that would expand overtime rules for farm workers. Assembly Bill 1066, passed on a 44-32 vote, now he... more »

Food safety, labor complicate vegetable growing at Uesugi Farms

Joe Aiello has seen plenty of changes since he bought Uesugi Farms in 1979, mainly in the areas of food safety, irrigation and labor. Farming today... more »

Ag groups help launch Reason for Reform campaign

The Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) recently released 51 new economic research reports (one for every state plus the District of Columbi... more »

USDA awards $26 million for affordable farmworker housing

USDA has awarded $26 million to help provide housing for farmworkers in nine rental communities in four states. The funding will support 439 rental u... more »

New York Farm Bureau seeks to intervene in labor lawsuit

New York Farm Bureau (NYFB) is seeking to intervene in a farm labor lawsuit filed against New York state and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The farm organizati... more »

Avoid ticks when scouting crops in Michigan

June is the typical time in Michigan to check field emergence and early season pest problems. As you start visiting fields, keep ticks in the back of ... more »

Labor shortages cause crop, sales losses

In recent years, Michigan’s vegetable growers have experienced crop and sales losses as a result of seasonal labor shortages. They’ve also passed ... more »

Farms receive extension for recording farm structure

The USDA is providing farms a one-time, 30-day extension to the June 1 deadline for recording farm organization structures related to Actively Engaged... more »


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