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Video of online H-2A seminar available from NCAE

The National Council of Agricultural Employers hosted a web seminar on the H-2A guest worker program that was so popular, the group is making it available on video.
Jun 18, 2019 by Chris Koger #Produce (General), #Labor

California farms face continuing labor shortages

California growers continue to face labor shortages, according to a new survey.

Time to reverse farm labor decline, group says

A decline of more than 325,000 U.S. farm workers over the past five years highlights the need to brings changes to farm labor laws, according to a grower’s group.
Apr 12, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

Shutdown worries H-2A users

A partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22 could stretch deep into January and could mean delays and trouble for the H-2A agricultural guest worker program used by produce growers.
Dec 28, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

How businesses interpret the PMA/United Fresh Ethical Charter

The grower industry is suffering from a critical labor shortage, but berry farms that supply Driscoll’s of the Americas have a competitive advantage because they pay their laborers more.

EFI looks to give certified suppliers preferred status

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Equitable Food Initiative hopes that its “Responsibly Grown Farmworker Assured” label will elevate the status of those suppliers in the eyes of the produce buying community.
Nov 15, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Labor, #PMA, #United Fresh

PMA makes case for ethical charter on responsible labor practices

Cathy Burns encouraged suppliers, importers and buyers at the 50th Nogales Produce Convention to take a close look at the Produce Industry Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices and consider endorsing it.
Nov 02, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor, #FPAA

Demand for H-2A guest workers continues to soar

Fueled by a tight supply of legal farm workers, the number of H-2A temporary agricultural workers certified soared by more than 20% in the past year.
Oct 29, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

Platforms enhance Stemilt's apple picking process

It will be a few years before Stemilt Growers LLC uses robots to actually pick its apples, but meanwhile the company is using elevated platforms to make harvest more efficient.

Local food has big appeal, but labor a challenge

Local food is maintaining its strong appeal in the Twin Cities, but tight and expensive labor make it a challenging business environment for growers.
Sep 19, 2018 by Tom Karst #Twin Cities, #Local, #Labor