Labor

Philadelphia welcomes new produce market

The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) opened the doors of a new state-of-the-art facility April 3. The original market had been around since 1959 and was, at the time, one of the premier markets for... more »

Siegers celebrates a century selling seeds

Siegers Seed Co. will turn 100 in 2012.Rick Siegers represents the fourth generation of his family to run the company, which specializes in fresh-market vegetable varieties for commercial growers. Some of Siegers' customers have been... more »

California governor signs farm labor law

Both farmworker advocates and growers say they can live with a compromise measure Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Sunday that makes it easier for farmworkers to organize.SB 126 was a watered down version of... more »

Hiring locally for farm work is no cure-all

How can there be a labor shortage when nearly one out of every 11 people in the nation are unemployed? The New York TimesTo read more, click here. more »

Arizona farm reinvents to stay successful

When you think of Arizona, you don't immediately think of fruit and vegetable farming. That is probably part of what has made Schnepf's Farms in Queen Creek, Ariz., successful, according to Mark and Carrie Schnepf.... more »

Mechanization, imports might solve worker problem

The value of California's fruit, nut and vegetable crops was $20 billion in 2009, almost 60 percent of the state's farm sales of $35 billion. California dominates U.S. production of these crops and currently accounts... more »

Mandatory E-Verify raises concerns

U.S. farmers employ about 1.6 million seasonal farm workers a year, but most of them are not authorized to work in the United States. With about 85 percent of farm laborers foreign born, it is... more »

Automated lettuce thinner might save growers money on labor

Labor is one of the biggest input costs for vegetable growers. With lettuce, the average cost for thinning and weeding in the fields is more than $120 an acre. A new automated lettuce thinner developed... more »


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