USDA Seeks Input on New Grant Program to Strengthen Food Supply Chain, Reduce Irregular Migration, and Improve Labor Protections for Farmworkers

September 26, 2022 USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is gathering input to help shape a recently announced planned grant program focused on improving the resiliency of our food and agricultural supply chain by addressing labor shortages in agriculture, reducing irregular migration through increased use of legal pathways, and improving labor protections for farmworkers.

Statement of Jim Bair President & CEO, U.S. Apple Association at the American Business Immigration Coalition Press Event Capitol Hill

September 19, 2022 U.S. Apple Association

“Agriculture labor reform has been our top legislative priority for more than a decade. It’s the issue that keeps apple growers awake at night, whether they employ 500 workers or five.  An entire year of care and input costs can be lost when it’s time to harvest and workers arrive late or not at all.”

Restaurants Move To Stop New California Fast Food Worker Law

Restaurant owners moved Wednesday to at least temporarily block a nation-leading new California law giving more power to fast food workers.

Foster Farms Statement Regarding Farmerville, Louisiana Wage Increase

September 7, 2022 Foster Farms

Effective September 11, 2022, Foster Farms increased the entry level wage rate for its Farmerville, Louisiana, processing facility TEAM members to $17.30 per hour from the current start rate of $12.70 per hour. Farmerville TEAM Members also qualify for a very comprehensive health care plan, as well as disability and life insurance coverage. 

Nueva Pescanova Group Fleet in Namibia Achieves First FISH Standard for Crew Certification

FISH Standard for Crew Inc. is pleased to announce that NovaNam (Pty) Ltd, a Namibian-based subsidiary of the Nueva Pescanova Group, is the first fleet to achieve FISH certification. NovaNam’s ten vessel Namibian-flagged fleet that harvests hake operates out of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay and includes approximately 300 fishers working on the vessels. Employing auditors trained in the FISH Standard, Bureau Veritas awarded the certification after extensive policy and procedure review along with on-site vessel inspections and in-person crew interviews.