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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.

Western Growers selects Dave Puglia as president and CEO

Dave Puglia is succeeding Tom Nassif, who is retiring after 18 years as the president and CEO of Western Growers.

Fate of H-2A reform legislation uncertain

PALM BEACH, Fla. — It is a 50-50 chance that bipartisan legislation to reform key aspects of the H-2A guest worker program will be considered by Congress this fall, says Craig Regelbrugge.