New Protections For Immigrant Workers on Horizon

Brian German Labor and Immigration, Legislative

A California legislative committee recently amended a proposed bill that will define the individual rights of immigrant workers while on the job.  The Immigration Worker Protection Act (AB 450) would protect immigrant farmworkers against self-audits of I-9 documentation from their employer. The bill would require that employers must ask for a warrant prior to giving the U.S. Immigration and Customs …

declining

Rural Unemployment Rates Declining

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

Unemployment rates in rural areas of the nation are steadily declining, a trend first started in 2010. Farm Journal’s AgWeb reports that rural and urban unemployment rates have since fallen toward pre-recession levels. The overall unemployment rate as of 2016 was 5.7 percent in rural areas and 5.2 percent in urban areas. Before that time, unemployment rates in rural America …

PMA: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Taylor Hillman Labor and Immigration, Technology

“Work smarter, not harder” was an often-said phrase at the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Tech Knowledge Symposium. The annual event is in its fourth year and aims to establish relationships between entrepreneurs and members from all aspects of the food chain. Labor challenges in agriculture are only getting worse with less available workers and increasing costs. PMA’s Chief Science and …

migrant labor shortage

Agri View: Migrant Labor Shortage

Dan Agri View, Labor and Immigration

  Everett Griner talks about how the migrant labor shortage problem will hurt everybody in today’s Agri View.     Well our new president’s efforts to control our borders and deport illegals is not a good thing for farmers. It is going to create a labor shortage that’s already a serious challenge. Present laws that permit migrant farm workers to …

farmworkers

Senate Bill Would Protect Farmworkers

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would give farmworkers a path to legal status and citizenship. California Senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, introduced the legislation last week that would shield farmworkers who are in the country illegally from deportation and create a path to citizenship, according to the L.A. Times. Feinstein says “farm labor is …

nmpf

NMPF Recognizes Members of Congress for Focusing Attention on Dairy Workforce Needs

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration 2 Comments

As discussions over immigration policy continue on Capitol Hill, the National Milk Producers Federation thanked members of both the House and Senate for working to address the unique labor challenges faced by dairy producers. NMPF has called on legislators to address this dilemma for more than a decade. “We welcome these bipartisan efforts to shine a light on an issue …

chili association

Western Growers Forms Partnership with New Mexico Chile Association

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration 5 Comments

The New Mexico Chile Association (NMCA) and Western Growers (WG) have announced a strategic collaboration between their respective associations. The two groups have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that allows them to coordinate on business matters and policy issues of mutual interest. Additionally, the MOU gives New Mexico chile growers access to a host of WG member benefits, such …

farmworkers

Report Names Ag Labor in Human Trafficking List

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration 10 Comments

A new report on sex and labor trafficking in the United States places agriculture labor in the top 25 industries for human trafficking. The Typology of Modern Slavery report announced Wednesday breaks down instances of sex and labor trafficking into 25 distinct categories. The report ranked agriculture 11th in known instances of human trafficking. Specifically, the report classifies agriculture labor …

canada

Farmers Need Solution to Immigration Challenge

Dan Dairy & Livestock, Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration 2 Comments

by Jim Mulhern, President, CEO, NMPF Too many of the nation’s dairy farmers are facing an ongoing, daunting challenge: finding enough American workers to fill jobs on their farms, even when they provide wages higher than those paid by other local jobs.  This “between a rock and hard place” dilemma has grown more acute as the national unemployment rate has …

officials mexico trade talk

Food Producers Accelerating Exports to Mexico, Searching for New Markets

Dan Industry News Release, Labor and Immigration, Trade 2 Comments

U.S. food producers are expediting shipments to Mexico and seeking alternative markets as concerns rise over immigration and trade policy changes. Food producers are lining up alternative markets as business could be at risk if clashes over trade and immigration escalate between Mexico and the U.S., according to Reuters.