Labor

Conveyor machine keeps harvest labor costs down

When Jim Abma began growing produce on a large scale a few years ago for his family's 85-year-old farm in Wyckoff, New Jersey, he realized he had a problem.Long-time poultry farmers, Abma Farm had been... more »

Michigan growers study benefits, challenges of hops

Michigan hop producers are poised to make a larger commitment to a market driven by demand from a burgeoning craft beer industry that is willing to seek out locally sourced product.But according to some industry... more »

Refugee program gets to the ROOT of the labor problem

A new pilot project conceived by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County is addressing the growing need for farm employees by local New York vegetable and dairy farms by recruiting and training qualified refugees residing... more »

Recruiting labor for your farm

Finding hired help willing to work on a farm that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year –including Friday and Saturday nights, July 4, November 15 and December 25– can be a real... more »

UW Extension educators could lose jobs to budget cuts

Proposed budget cuts have University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension educators worried about their future.Here's more from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Journal Sentinel:Every county in the state has at least one UW Extension person in areas such... more »

Lack of labor puts Michigan asparagus harvest on hold

Michigan asparagus is ready to be harvested, but a lack of labor is putting things on hold.And this isn't a new issue. Here's more from WZZM13, a television station based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan:Asparagus... more »

Report: 57,900 agriculture jobs, not enough college graduates

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural... more »

CASA to offer free farm safety training online

The Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is offering three online farm safety training courses free of charge until May 31 courtesy of Farm Credit Canada (FCC) and the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI).Each year, CASA and... more »

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