AFBF Out With 2021 Policy Objectives

Setting Farm Bureau’s focus for 2021, Key topics ranged from farm diversity to farm labor and dairy policy to livestock marketing. Sam Kieffer, AFBF Vice President of Public Affairs, said Farm Bureau delegates voted to increase racial diversity in agriculture. “Recognizing the importance of broadening access to agriculture, our delegates voted to increase racial diversity […]

Save Family Farming: L&I Fine Against Gebbers “Enforcement By Crucifixion”

Save Family Farming is pushing back against the Washington department of Labor and Industries following a $2 million fine over alleged COVID-19 deaths. The state-wide farm group is comparing the $2 million fine announced on against Gebbers Farms on December 21st to Enforcement by Crucifixion, comparing it to tactics used by the Roman Empire. “Such […]

Newhouse: Ag Labor Reform A Priority In the 117th

Once COVID-19 is no longer the top issue for lawmakers in D.C., Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse said he would like to see efforts focus on meaningful Ag labor reform. He noted as 2020 comes to an end, he and others have been meeting, discussing strategy to ensure they are ready to promote the Farm Workforce […]

AFBF: H-2A Rule Provides Farmers The Predictability They Need

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, the recent H-2A adverse effect wage rate final rule, which changes the index farm wages are based upon, will help provide producers predictability in labor costs. AFBF Congressional Relations Director Allison Crittenden said this data proves farmers will have more predictability and stability when it comes to their […]

AFBF: H-2A Rule Provides Farmers Predictability Stability

Earlier this week, the Department of Labor announced a change in how farm labor rate increases are determined. Allison Crittenden, American Farm Bureau Federation Congressional Relations Director, said the final rule no longer uses USDA’s Farm Labor Survey for workers who fall under core farm occupations. “So, we’re no longer using the survey-based wage methodology […]

Labor Department Finalizes H-2A Wage Rule

On Monday, the Labor Department issued a final rule that updates the methodology for determining the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates in the H-2A visa program. The Trump administration claims the new rule improves the consistency of the wage rates, provides stronger protections for workers, and establishes better stability and predictability for employers. Agriculture Secretary […]

USDA Suspension of Farm Labor Survey Overturned by Court

Farmworker advocates are pleased the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued a temporary restraining order and an injunction against the USDA decision to suspend the annual Farm Labor Survey. The Packer said unless the decision gets appealed, it means USDA has to conduct its Farm Labor Survey and issue its annual […]

Howard: Voters Need To Understand Issues Impacting Local Farmers

Decisions made in the November election will have a direct impact on the farming industry, locally, statewide and nationally for years to come, so its important voters are educated on the issues facing farm country before they cast their ballot. That is one of the many reasons a group of Washington farmers recently launched iEativote.com, […]

WPC Farm Hall Moves On-Line

Like many other events in 2020, the Washington Policy Center’s Farm Hall is moving on-line during the pandemic. The WPC’s Pam Lewison said typically they hold three farm halls, sprinkled across Washington. But, because of COVID-19, everything will move into the virtual world. While it’s disappointing to not meet face to face, Lewison said the […]