Labor

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The Lighter Side

President Calvin Coolidge (1872- 1933), and his wife, Grace, enjoyed a great relationship. One day during Coolidge’s presidency (1923-1929), he and ... more »

Farmworkers in the fields

2023 Spudman Survey results are in

When it comes to farm labor needs, potato growers are in a fortunate position. While growers of other vegetables and fruit see the most labor-intensiv... more »

A Day in the Life of a Farm Worker

EFI highlights new video series made by and about farmworkers

Equitable Foods Initiative (EFI), the multi-stakeholder workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, ... more »

USDA Ag Outlook Conference

USDA addresses labor shortages and H-2A issues

Growers are adapting labor-saving technology and modifying their cultivation practices, including lessening and delaying pruning and weeding, to comba... more »

DOL issues H-2A wage rule, ag groups voice displeasure

The Department of Labor issued its new rule for determining wages for ag workers in the H-2A temporary visa program, and industry groups were quick to... more »

Farmworkers at risk for obesity, high blood pressure, say University of California researchers

Farmworkers are a crucial link in our food supply chain, a fact that came sharply into focus during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep t... more »

NPC says administration must continue to engage to avoid a rail strike

On Oct. 27, National Potato Council (NPC) joined a group of 322 local, state and federal trade associations calling on the Biden Administration to con... more »

Final H-2A rule tightens housing laws, increases government enforcement ability

The Department of Labor has released its final rule for the H-2A temporary labor program, which is increasingly being used by specialty crop farmers a... more »

USDA seeks input on new farm labor shortage pilot program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a new grant program it says will address labor shortages in agriculture, reduce irregular migration through inc... more »

Washington state labor dept. offers free consultations

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (WSDL&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) offers no-fee consultation ... more »


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