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Labor and Immigration

by Jim Mulhern, President, CEO, NMPF

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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 dropped – and will likely get even more dire, now that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun stepping up its efforts to locate and remove undocumented individuals. Continue reading

Everett Griner talks about the wide background of the migrant worker in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

east coast dock workers
Dock workers and cargo companies along the east coast are getting an early start to contract negotiations, an effort that could prevent a port slowdown like the one seen on the west coast during 2015. Continue reading

Immigrants and citizens showing support for immigrant workers have joined together today for “A Day Without Immigrants.” Continue reading

labor shortages
Recent government raids targeting undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are causing distress through the agriculture labor sector. Continue reading

Everett Griner talks about a look at the political changes ahead for farmers in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

food producers
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. Continue reading

A new report by the Farm Credit Services of America shows crop insurance saved nearly 21,000 jobs in four states during the 2012 drought. Continue reading

hard choices
Everett Griner talks about why farmers are facing hard choices for their upcoming crops in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

immigration bill
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. Continue reading

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Everett Griner talks about how the new overtime law may hurt, not help, producers in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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 discussed the economic and political realities of the current immigration system and the impact of proposed reforms. Continue reading

farm bureau
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. Continue reading

37 women are heading to Hormel for work after the company settled a hiring dispute with the Department of Labor. Continue reading

ag 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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Vineyard Mechanization
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. Continue reading

H-2A Program
The H-2A program has grown exponentially over the last seven years, especially in California, showing history repeating itself in the agriculture labor sector. Continue reading

Everett Griner talks about the declining farm workforce in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

Pesticide Pilot Program
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.

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