NPC advocates for more agricultural workers, renewed farm bill action

Mike Wenkel, National Potato Council chief operating officer, met last week with government organizations at the White House to address increasing the... READ MORE »

USDA pilot program aims to address agricultural workforce challenges

A new USDA pilot program is designed to address workforce challenges farmers and ranchers face. The Farm Labor Stabilization and Protection Pilot P... READ MORE »

Committee seeks workforce input from growers

The U.S. House Agriculture Committee, in the wake of the creation of a bipartisan Agricultural Labor Working Group, is asking growers of specialty cro... READ MORE »

EFI farmworker videos win recognition

Equitable Food Initiative has recently received recognition for video presentations that highlight the plight of U.S. farmworkers. EFI, a farmworke... READ MORE »

Labor shortages driving increase in automation expenditures, report finds

Growers spent an average of $500,000 a year on automation last year, according to a Specialty Crop Automation Report released and commissioned by West... READ MORE »

Michigan lawmakers oppose fee increases for H-2A program

A bipartisan group of U.S. representatives from Michigan are asking the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to reconsider proposed fee increases for... READ 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... READ MORE »

Farm groups support decrease in Adverse Effect Wage Rate paid to H-2A workers

Farm groups have urged Congress to pass the Farm Operations Support Act, which would decrease the Adverse Effect Wage Rate (AEWR) paid to H-2A tempora... READ 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... READ MORE »

Survey: How was farm labor this year?

Spudman is taking a look at farm labor. This survey seeks to learn more about how growers fared with labor this year, and how they plan to address far... READ MORE »

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