Dilley: OT Ruling The Latest Challenge Put Before Washington Dairy Farmers

Last week, the Washington Supreme Court ruled farmworkers must receive overtime pay, thus eliminating an exemption from the state’s minimum wage law the Ag industry has used for decades. The ruling will have a deep and direct impact on the Washington dairy industry. And according to Scott Dilley Communication Director for the state dairy federation, […]

YVC Awarded $2.1M To Help Farm Workers Students

Yakima Valley College recently received a $2.1 million federal grant to help support the region’s migrant and seasonal farm working students. The College Assistance Migrant Program, or CAMP, is funded via the U.S. Department of Education and works with migrant or seasonal farmworkers and their children in completing their first year of college at YVC. […]

Brown Extends COVID Requirements For Ag Workers, OFB Dismayed

On Friday, Governor Kate Brown extended her Executive Order focused on protecting agricultural workers from coronavirus during the off season. Brown said Executive Order 20-58, issued earlier this year, addresses physical distancing, sanitation, and isolation requirements in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 among the state’s farm workers and surrounding communities. “Agricultural workers […]

Donation To Mattawa Food Bank Will Help Farm Workers In Need

The Mattawa Area Food Bank was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the fraternal non-profit The Royal Neighbors of America. Board president, Pamela Bunger, said the funds came at a great time, after they learned that the food bank’s forklift is not repairable. “Also we are heading towards our busy time, the winter, and we […]

United Farm Workers Files Lawsuit over USDA Suspending Labor Report

Last week, United Farm Workers filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for suspending a farm labor survey. Last month, the USDA announced the intention to suspend the Agricultural Labor Survey. The Department of Ag claims the public can access other data sources for the data collected in the survey. The Agricultural Labor Survey provides […]

Newhouse: It’s Important We Pick Up Where We Left Off After Pandemic

So much of the attention in D.C., and on many farms across the country, is financial assistance to get farmers through the coronavirus pandemic, now roughly eight months old. But, Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse says it’s not enough for lawmakers to look at the present, but they much look to the future; a life after […]

Brown Announces Programs To Help Ag Workers Impacted By Coronavirus

Over the weekend, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced the launch of a new source of financial assistance for agricultural workers who must self-quarantine during the pandemic. The Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund will provide up to two weeks of financial relief to farm workers, 18 years of age and older, regardless of immigration status. In addition […]

Farm Bureau Distributing Face Masks to Washington Farm Workers

The Washington Farm Bureau is looking to help farmers comply with state coronavirus regulations. The Farm Bureau is distributing 500,000 washable cloth face masks to farm employees across the state to help protect against the spread of COVID-19. These masks are provided and delivered at no cost to the farmers who request them or the […]

OLCC Helping Oregon Farm Workers

The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, working with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, has donated $10,000 to the Family Meal organization to help Oregon food service and agricultural workers who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The world has experienced unprecedented, negative circumstances due to the loss and hardship caused by the spread of COVID-19,” said […]

Inslee Happy With Efforts To Keep Ag Workers Safe

Washington Governor Jay Inslee stopped in Yakima Tuesday to talk with local business and government leaders about efforts to fight COVID-19, despite the high coronavirus case count in the county. Inslee said he’s happy with efforts made to keep farm worker safe. He specifically pointed out employee distancing, mandating masks as well as the cohort […]