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Avocados to walnuts: industry's response to pandemic

The produce industry has been working to help feed families during the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of ways.

COVID-19 outbreak affects Ontario asparagus harvest

After 164 migrant workers at an Ontario asparagus farm tested positive for COVID-19 about halfway through harvest season, farm leaders worked with the local health department to contain the spread.

Farm labor issues follow COVID-19

Germany may lose up to a third of its seasonal agricultural workers in the wake of reports that it has closed its borders with Bulgaria and Romania.

Department of State waives interview requirement for H-2A workers

The Department of State is taking steps to reduce delays in the processing of H-2A workers caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Feinstein calls on State Department to expedite H-2A visas

Senator Dianne Feinstein has added her voice to industry leaders asking for timely processing of Mexican H-2A workers needed to harvest U.S. produce crops.

CPMA supports COVID-19 travel exemption for farm workers

Canada’s government is exempting foreign nationals who have committed to working in agriculture from COVID-19 travel bans.

H-2A employers find complications with COVID-19 outbreak

Farmers who use the H-2A guest worker program are facing COVID-19-related delays in the processing and approval of those workers.

Labor bill seeks year-round program run by USDA

Though unlikely to get much support from Democrats, a bill from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), aims to establish a year-round ag guest-worker program run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Mar 05, 2020 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

NPC leaders to lobby for Senate action on ag labor bill

The National Potato Council will host a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Feb 26 to urge the U.S. Senate to take up legislation to solve the agricultural labor crisis.

Nature Fresh Farms employees get mobile health clinic

The new year brought a new way to get health care quickly for employees at Nature Fresh Farms, Leamington, Ontario — aboard a mobile health clinic.