Labor

California wage hikes will hurt growers

On top of all the other pressures California vegetable growers are facing – rising input costs, labor shortages and tightening water supplies – they are now looking at a $2-per-hour hike in the state's minimum... more »

Northeast vegetable farms diversify to survive

Dave Marchant has met the challenges associated with operating a wholesale organic vegetable farm on the Lamoille River in Fairfax, Vt.Now in its 21st year of operation, River Berry Farm grows 40 acres of organic... more »

Overhead pivot irrigation gaining traction in California

The ability to conserve water and labor are two of the most critical factors for growers in being able to save money and maximize resources. At a recent Precision Irrigation Conservation Agricultural Farm and Field... more »

Backlog may lead to farm labor shortage

The federal government shutdown caused a backup in seasonal farmworkers' visa applications that some agriculture leaders in Yuma say could lead to a labor shortage during the coming winter vegetable harvest. Yuma SunRead more here. more »

Seed industry sees continued growth

The commercial production and sale of vegetable seeds continue to be bolstered by increased market demand for most varieties.A report issued in August by Transparency Market Research indicated that the global commercial seeds market was... more »

Growers renew push for immigration reform

For the last 14 years, Fred Leitz has been traveling to Washington, D.C., telling members of Congress that if they don't fix America's immigration system, fruit and vegetable crops are going to start rotting in... more »

MarketMaker can help growers locate opportunities

Growers and other industry representatives can now tap into a national electronic marketing tool for buying and selling locally produced foods.The National Food MarketMaker Program is being touted as a virtual supply chain to help... more »

Kass to deliver keynote address at the Washington Public Policy Conference

Sam Kass, executive director of Let's Move!, senior nutrition policy advisor and assistant chef at the White House, will highlight the important role fresh produce plays in Let's Move! as keynote speaker at the United... more »

Current Issue

May/June 2023 VGN cover

Ohio grower finds direct sales financially, personally satisfying

Pest, disease damage expected, harvest impacts uncertain

Survey shows … inflation, competition factor in farm market pricing

Taking control: CA storage for asparagus extends season

Steam, chemicals offer weed and pathogen control options

Ionized gas used for food safety

Precision Ag: It’s all about meeting the needs of each plant

Seven takeaways from benchmark survey of markets

Ag Labor Review: Grower concerns help shape NCAE’s mission

 

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