Labor

USDA, DOL identify 20,000 H2 workers who may be able to transfer in coming weeks

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Department of Labor ... more »

Ag coalition urges H-2A visa process be treated as emergency

The steering committee of the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), including the National Potato Council, on March 18 called on Secretary of State M... more »

US Consulate issues statement on processing of H-2A applicants

The following information was posted March 16 regarding the operation of U.S. consulates in regard to Mexico. “The health and safety of those who... more »

Labor-savers, latest technology highlight Idaho Ag Expo

Confronted with labor shortages, potato farmers were relieved to learn of the newest automated innovations to help them operate at peak efficiency. Ab... more »

Rep. Newhouse to Senate on ag labor reform: ‘Get it done’

Potato and apple industry leaders and several members of the U.S House of Representatives came together outside the Capitol Building Feb. 26 to implor... more »

Potato, apple leaders to urge Senate to act on ag labor crisis

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, leaders from the potato and apple industries will host a press conference with agricultural industry partners and member... more »

State of the Potato Industry Report 2020

The U.S. potato industry has been in a fight in recent decades, a fight against negative public perception. International demand for potatoes and p... more »

Column: Growers stand up for growers at Potato D.C. Fly-In

Every February, potato growers trade in their Carhartts and work boots for business suits and dress shoes to walk the marbled floors of Capitol Hill. ... more »

Agriculture leaders implore Senate to take action on Adverse Effect Wage Rate

With the new increased Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) going into effect Jan. 2, 2020, the National Potato Council (NPC), as part of the Agriculture ... more »

House passes Farm Workforce Modernization Act, move applauded by NPC

The National Potato Council welcomed U.S. House passage of the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (H.R. 5038) Dec. 11. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Zoe ... more »


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