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NCAE still seeking Department of Labor determination on adverse effect

Seeking wage relief for U.S. growers using foreign guest workers, the National Council of Agricultural Employers still wants the U.S. Department of Labor to determine if U.S. workers are hurt by the H-2A program. 
Jan 07, 2020 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

Produce groups call for action on farm labor reform

Another mandated increase in H-2A guest farmworker wage rates has made Congressional action on farm labor reform even more critical, according to the Agriculture Workforce Coalition.
Jan 02, 2020 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

House passes farm labor bill; industry shifts focus to Senate

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act Dec. 11.

Produce groups to Congress: Pass the Workforce bill

Fresh produce industry organizations are urging House members to approve the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, which they are voting on Dec. 11.

Wages for Farm Labor Increase from 2018 According to USDA

Congress is taking steps to address the labor crisis facing farmers and ranchers.

The bill now moves to the full house for consideration. It comes on the heels of USDA releasing a new farm labor report.

Farm labor report shows wages up 4%

Both wages and the number of farm labor workers are up compared with a year ago.
Nov 22, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

UPDATED: Farm labor bill clears committee

(UPDATED, Nov. 21) Bipartisan farmworker immigration legislation has cleared its first hurdle, passing by voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee Nov. 20.
Nov 21, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

Study reveals benefits of EFI’s workforce development programs

A two-year study of the Equitable Food Initiative’s workforce development program found benefits to both companies and employees.
Nov 12, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

Produce groups support farm labor law, will seek improvements

Drawing broad bipartisan and industry support, House lawmakers on Oct. 30 introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. 

Equitable Food Initiative offers recruitment scorecard

Equitable Food Initiative has created a free responsible recruitment scorecard, available in English and Spanish.