The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the January 2017 start date of its worker protection safety rule. AFBF and NASDA cited EPA violations of federal law as well as incomplete and undelivered compliance and enforcement tools to support their petition.
37 women are heading to Hormel for work after the company settled a hiring dispute with the Department of Labor.
A new survey shows what the true cost of wage and overtime increases for ag labor might be as producers make plans to adjust to the changes.
An ambassador of Mexico says the nation is prepared to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement and seeks to restart a guest-worker system.
Vineyard mechanization was a heavily discussed topic at the annual Sustainable Ag Expo in San Luis Obispo. One local vineyard has almost been forced to adopt the technology because of labor challenges.
The H-2A program has grown exponentially over the last seven years, especially in California, showing history repeating itself in the agriculture labor sector.
Everett Griner talks about the declining farm workforce in today’s Agri View.
Monterey County is a few months into a new pesticide pilot program that aims to protect farm workers. The project sets to clear up any confusion on where chemicals are being used.
Everett Griner talks about California producers looking to technology to help with the labor problem in today’s Agri View.
California’s Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that would raise the state’s farmworker wages for overtime. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the United Farm Workers supported the legislation, but the Western Growers Association President said it will have the exact opposite effect of what was intended.
California Governor Jerry Brown signed the ag overtime bill, Assembly Bill 1066, which will phase in new overtime rules for agricultural employees over the next four years.
Everett Griner talks about producers need a working labor program in today’s Agri View.
Everett Griner talks about farm labor among the most dangerous in today’s Agri View.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he will give a major speech on immigration Wednesday (today) in Arizona. The Hagstrom Report says Trump appears to be softening his stance against illegal immigration, wavering somewhat on his proposal to deport all people in the U.S. without the right papers.
As the state sat divided and waited for an outcome, the California Assembly voted to pass the farm worker overtime bill AB1066.
There are twice as many farmworkers as there are farm jobs in California, according to an analysis published online in California Agriculture journal.
Everett Griner talks about solving the farm labor problem in today’s Agri View.
Everett Griner talks about the farm labor shortage issue and offers a possible solution in today’s Agri View.
Take Action to Stop AB 1066 Legislators returned to Sacramento on August 1 for their last month of the legislative session. Just prior to the summer recess Assembly-member Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) took the language from AB 2757, which was defeated, and placed it into another one of her bills, AB 1066. AB 1066 contains the exact language of AB 2757. …
For farmers and ranchers, immigration reform must balance agriculture’s need for a dependable supply of agricultural labor with enhanced security at our nation’s border. A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation highlights those issues, but with political debate ramping up and no practical solutions on the horizon, farmers say important areas of U.S. food production are at …