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by Jim Mulhern, President, CEO, NMPF

farmers immigration


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

poultry labor
Everett Griner talks about what eating all of that poultry means for the economy in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

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

An executive order by President Donald Trump to suspend refugee arrivals could harm meatpacking companies. The Wall Street Journal reports meatpackers that rely on foreign-born workers to fill tough jobs in rural America could face labor shortages. 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

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

strawberry picker workers
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.

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farm labor shortage
Everett Griner talks about solving the farm labor problem in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

AFBF-Video-Ag-Labor-and-Border Security
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 risk. Continue reading

Agriculture Labor
A competitive trend in an already challenging agriculture labor, sector is leaving some producers out of luck during harvest.

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