A bill introduced earlier this month into the House of Representatives (H.R. 281) is titled the Family Farm Relief Act, dealing specifically with immigration.
Everett Griner talks about how the new overtime law may hurt, not help, producers in today’s Agri View.
Immigration reform continues to be a hot topic on the political scene and a priority for farmers and ranchers. In a session at the 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show, Tom Hertz of the Agriculture Department and Mark Delich of FWD.us discussed the economic and political realities of the current immigration system and the impact of proposed reforms.
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.