By Christina Herrick, Growing Produce The story of the agricultural labor shortage is not new. Most everyone in the industry knows it’s impossible to grow fruit without the direct help of a large agriculture workforce to maintain and harvest it. “This is bar none the issue that keeps the industry awake at night,” says Diane […]
In this episode of NPR’s On Point, the discussion utilizes the Vermont dairy industry’s woes as a case study for the larger issue of the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration and its effects on agricultural labor nationwide.
A new bill announced in early January would allow foreign workers with appropriate visas to do farming work in the United States for spans of three years.
Many farmers supported President Donald Trump despite his hard-line stance on immigration. So as the new Trump administration takes office, what’s the thinking of those involved in the region’s biggest industry?
Much is made of how much farmers and ranchers rely on immigrant workers, hired through the H-2A visa program, to alleviate labor shortages, but how important is the H-2A program to these workers and their families back home?
The USDA collects data on farm labor that serve as the basis for employment and wage estimates of farm and ranch workers hired by farms in the United States.
By Joseph Erbentraut, The Huffington Post Three years ago, Fishkill Farms owner and operator Joshua Morgenthau found himself facing a situation that is every farmer’s nightmare. It was time to prepare his 100-acre fruit and vegetable farm’s cherries and strawberries for harvest, but the workers he’d hired for the job weren’t there to help. His […]
Workers in the US on H-2A visas are much needed to fill the ag labor shortage, but bureaucratic inefficiencies and complex housing regulations make the H-2A process difficult.
An army of sheep and goats, often managed by herders on H-2A work visas, are being effectively utilized to combat the wildfires out west.
Farmers and rachers continue to struggle to find help, given issues with the H-2A visa program, causing ag labor shortages across the nation.