Lack Of Workers Continues To Hurt NW Asparagus Industry

This was a difficult year for local asparagus growers not just because of the weather. The biggest challenge was a lack of labor to pick and process their fields, hurting yields and quality. Executive Director of the Washington Asparagus Commission Alan Schreiber. “The lack of labor hurt the asparagus industry and prevented the United States […]

Newhouse Work Continues To Address Ag Labor In D.C.

With so many issues being addressed in D.C., some in farm county may feel like agricultural needs are not being addressed. However, Dan Newhouse says one of the biggest issues facing today’s farmer is getting more and more attention: Farm Labor. The Chair of the Western Caucus said there is a growing level of awareness […]

NIFA & NSF Investing $220 Million in Artificial Intelligence Research

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Science Federation announced a $220 million investment in 11 new NSF-led Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes. NIFA and other agencies and organizations have partnered with the NSF to pursue transformational advances in a range of economic sectors and science and engineering fields, ranging from food […]

Washington Farm Community Adjusts To Emergency Heat Rules

After the record breaking heatwave in late June and the fact that there’s still a lot of summer left here in the Pacific Northwest, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ has implemented emergency rules the agency said will help protect farm workers in extreme heat. New regulations are set under two conditions: when […]

Vilsack Goes To Congress To Discuss Ag Labor Concerns

As lawmakers continue deliberation how to best address issues associated with farm labor and availability. “I’m here today simply to advocate on behalf of American agriculture and these workers, maintain that the capacity of this great food and agriculture industry that can either provide the benefits that we all enjoy in this country, and at […]

When It Comes To Ag Labor, Pay Is Not The Issue, Naerebout Says

Ag labor is the top issue for many agricultural operations across the Pacific Northwest, but many in the farming community feel lawmakers in D.C. continue to kick the problem down the road. While fruits and vegetables typically come to mind when talking about Ag labor, Rick Naerebout, CEO of the Idaho Dairyman’s Association says their […]

Duvall: Securing the Border Not A Prerequisite for Labor Reform

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duval says the demand from the national organization and state farm bureaus’ that the Biden Administration secure the southern border is not a precondition for backing migrant farm labor reform, despite others say it should be. Duval said the Farm Bureau wants the border secured for the safety of farmers […]

Border Security Takes Center Stage At Farm Labor Hearing

Bipartisan support for farm labor immigration reform ran headlong into a host of Republican complaints that the southern border must first secured during a Senate Judiciary hearing Wednesday. While both Democrats and Republicans agree that the decades-old problem must be addressed and fixed, how and in what order to do that remains a point of […]

NMPF Pleased With Effort To Make Dairy Producers Eligible For H-2A

Last week, the National Milk Producers Federation expressed their pleasure with an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill, proposed by representatives Dan Newhouse and Henry Cuellar that will allow the dairy industry to participate in the H-2A program. NMPF’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations Paul Bleiberg, said the amendment is very important to the […]

Newhouse-Cuellar Amendment Would Allow All Of Agriculture To Participate In H-2A

On Tuesday, central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and Henry Cuellar from south Texas introduced the 2022 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. The legislation, approved by the House Committee on Appropriations would allow the H-2A program to be used year-round in Fiscal Year 2022. Allowing the program to be used year-rounds would open it to additional sectors of […]