Labor, infrastructure, nutrition to highlight United Fresh’s Washington Conference

The past year introduced many changes to “business as usual” in the produce industry. Perhaps one of the most pronounced shifts occurred on the ad... continue reading »

SCOTUS rules against union organizers’ access to farm property

In what was seen as a victory for property owners, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 affirmed that the government cannot force people to allow third p... continue reading »

Farm labor bill may need revisions to pass in Senate

Bloomberg reported recently that legislation to reform the broken foreign ag labor program and allow agricultural workers to earn legal status “has... continue reading »

Reps restart efforts on Farm Workforce Modernization Act

The National Potato Council (NPC) welcomed the March 4 reintroduction of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif... continue reading »

USDA locks in H-2A minimum wage rate for ’21

With the release of USDA’s Farm Labor Survey on Feb. 11, farmers that utilize the H-2A program finally know the minimum wage they must pay their H-2... continue reading »

USDA issues preview of H-2A wage rates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a preview Feb. 11 of what the 2021 H-2A wage rates will look like. USDA released its Farm Labor Surv... continue reading »

California employers facing emergency COVID protocols

On Nov. 30, the California Office of Administrative Law approved an Emergency Temporary Standard requiring new employer protocols for employers to... continue reading »

Ag labor union to sue DOL over Adverse Effect Wage Rate freeze

The nation’s largest agricultural union is suing the Department of Labor for imposing a two-year wage freeze on farm laborers, who are already among... continue reading »

H-2A wage rate to freeze for two years

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced Nov. 2 a final rule updating the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) ... continue reading »

H-2A Wage Rule revised by Department of Labor

The Department of Labor released an update Nov. 2 of its new H-2A Wage Rule, which it said promises to stabilize farm labor costs and reform the H-2A ... continue reading »