Labor

BREAKING NEWS: Responsible labor focus for PMA, United Fresh

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and United Fresh Produce Association have launched the "Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices," a framework for responsible labor practices in fresh produce and floral supply chains. The boards of... more »

Housing eligibility for temporary farm workers applauded by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released internal guidance on changes made to farm labor housing eligibility. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 amended a section of the Housing Act of 1949 to extend... more »

Farm operations can be enhanced by use of labor logs

When you work for yourself, you may not prioritize documenting your time. There are tasks to be done and you complete them, however, when you are engaged in farming or food production, there are always... more »

Ganaz, GroGuru gets seed funds to develop labor-saving automation

Answering the call to help solve agriculture’s severe labor shortage, Western Growers and Radicle Growth have awarded Ganaz and GroGuru each with $250,000 in seed funding to advance their automation technology. “The labor shortage in... more »

Ag safety grants offered by National Children’s Center

Proposals are now being accepted by the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety for grants up to $20,000 to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural... more »

H-2A visa program modernization addressed by Cabinet members

U.S. Secretary of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Secretary Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the following statement May 24 regarding attempts to modernize the H-2A Agricultural Worker Visa... more »

Perdue talks labor, trade with Colorado vegetable growers

Members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue May 15 at Sakata Farms to discuss the biggest challenges facing their farms. "Securing qualified,... more »

VGN survey results show farm staffing struggles

For the second consecutive year, the majority of growers who responded to a labor survey conducted by Vegetable Growers News reported they experienced severe worker shortages in 2017. Most continue to search for labor solutions... more »


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