USA Farmers seek reform

By |April 1st, 2012|

Chalmers Carr III explained how his new organization is gearing up to achieve a reformed guest-worker program for U.S. [...]

Seasonal workers essential but costly

By |April 1st, 2012|

Having to rely on migrant labor has never been an easy game for fruit growers in British Columbia, Canada.

While [...]

Tallying the costs

By |April 1st, 2012|

Tree fruit growers in British Columbia’s Okanagan ­Valley typically require about 3,300 seasonal workers annually. But working with foreign [...]

Watch other crops for labor trends

By |April 1st, 2012|

Eastern Washington State is the world’s fastest-growing region for blueberry production.

Tree fruit growers anxious about the labor market in [...]

Few alternatives to H-2A program

By |April 1st, 2012|

Tom Roach outlined labor options at a recent Washington Growers League meeting.

Growers worried about securing a work force for [...]

Contractors are a source of workers

By |February 15th, 2012|

Using farm labor contractors can be beneficial for both employers and workers, as they can turn sporadic seasonal [...]

Inmates available

By |February 1st, 2012|

Inmates are available to work in Washington State orchards for the same hourly wage as other ­employees receive.

Dan Fazio, [...]

Refugees available for orchard work

By |January 15th, 2012|

For growers who find the H-2A foreign guest-worker program too daunting, hiring refugees might be a way to ease [...]

More rules proposed on child labor

By |January 1st, 2012|

Proposed new rules from the federal Department of Labor would further restrict the kind of work young people may [...]

Georgia peach growers use H-2A

By |January 1st, 2012|

Peach growers were conspicuously absent from the list of fruit and vegetable producers who suffered crop losses when some [...]