Labor

NPC leaders hopeful USDA will add better COVID aid for specialty crop industry

The National Potato Council held its 2020 summer meetings June 25 through a virtual Zoom format. The annual event, which normally takes place in th... more »

NIFA invests $4.8 million in ag workforce training through community colleges

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced an $4.8 million investment to support 12 projects that will offer workforce trai... more »

CDC issues agriculture labor guidelines for COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Labor issued guidance June 3 on protections for agricultural workers due to the o... more »

National Fleet Products introduces portable hand-washing station

National Fleet Products, a global source for aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, announced the introduction of its new portable and vehic... more »

Michigan adds COVID-19 requirements for agriculture workers

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on June 1 signed Executive Order 2020-111, which provides additional requirements and procedures to keep agricultural w... more »

NPC cautions against triggering ‘irrational’ surges in potato imports

In a letter sent the week of April 27-May 1 to U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Trade Ted McKinney, the National Potato Council (NPC)... more »

USDA, DHS temporarily relaxes H-2A rules on guest workers staying in US

The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced April 15 a temporary final rule to chang... more »

Agriculture included in $2 trillion COVID-19 rescue package

The U.S. Senate approved a $2 trillion COVID-19 Phase 3 rescue package by a vote of 96-0 on March 25. The bill now moves to the U.S. House, which is e... more »

Increased H-2A visa processing OK’d by State Department

Word came from Washington, D.C. March 26 that the U.S. State Department has taken steps to increase processing of H-2A via holders through consulates ... more »

Forms available to give to agriculture employees, shippers

As the number of states mandating that citizens stay home other than for essential supplies or work rises due to COVID-19, the Washington State Potato... more »


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