agriculture

Agriculture Output and Labor Growth Projected

Dan Citrus, Labor and Immigration

Real output in the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting labor sector is projected to grow at an annual rate of 2.3% from 2020 to 2030, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently reported. That’s slightly higher than the 2.2% annual growth rate projected for the entire U.S. economy. According to the report, the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector is …

Deere

John Deere Factory Workers Approve New Contract

Dan Labor and Immigration

Factory workers at Deere & Co. ended their month-long strike Wednesday by approving the third contract offer after rejecting the two previous offers. The United Auto Workers (UAW) said 10,000 members ratified a new six-year contract offer by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent. UAW says the deal includes a $8,500 signing bonus, a 20% increase in wages …

deere

Deere Workers to Vote on Third Tentative Agreement

Dan Labor and Immigration

The United Auto Workers (UAW) and John Deere have reached a third tentative agreement. The first two agreements were rejected by Deere workers during this strike. UAW released a statement on Friday saying this new agreement includes “modest modifications” to the second offer which was previously turned down in a 55%-to-45% vote. According to a UAW statement, “John Deere and Company has …

Keep Food Local

Keep Food Local & Affordable Act Introduced

Dan Citrus, Field Crops, Labor and Immigration, Legislative

U.S. Representative Greg Steube of Florida recently introduced the Keep Food Local and Affordable Act to combat the recent rise in food prices due to historic labor shortages and inflation. This legislation would implement a temporary stay on the H-2A adverse effect wage rate (AEWR) for states struggling to find domestic workers. The H-2A program allows temporary foreign workers in the U.S.; …

ag labor

Ag Labor Reform Hindered by Regional Differences

Dan Citrus, Labor and Immigration

The issue of ag labor legislation reform will remain unresolved as long as southeastern growers and western growers don’t come to a compromise, says Bob Redding. Redding, who works for the Redding Firm and serves as a lobbyist for agricultural groups in Washington, D.C., believes compromise is the only way true reform will happen with such a contentious issue. “If …

equipment dealers

Survey: 54% of Equipment Dealers Don’t Support Deere Strike

Dan Economy, Labor and Immigration

A majority of equipment dealers don’t support striking John Deere workers, according to a recent poll from Farm Equipment Magazine. The poll found roughly 54 percent of dealers indicated they do not support the strike, while 37 percent said they did, and 8.5 percent weren’t sure. Deere workers have rejected two tentative contract agreements since the strike began. UAW members …

Deere

Deere Employees Reject Deal, Continue Strike

Dan Labor and Immigration

Deere and Company employees this week again rejected a tentative contract agreement. By a vote of 45 percent yes to 55 percent no, United Auto Workers John Deere members voted down the agreement. UAW says the strike will continue as they discuss next steps with the company. This is the second tentative contract agreement rejected by Deere workers during the …

deere

Deere, UAW, Reach Tentative Agreement

Dan Labor and Immigration

Deere & Co and United Auto Workers International reached a tentative new contract. The agreement could lead to the end of a worker strike. The deal was announced over the weekend, but needs to be approved by UAW members first. Chuck Browning, UAW Vice President and Director of the Agricultural Implement Department, says the agreement contains enhanced economic gains and …

hygiene

Stay Vigilant on Handwashing and Hygiene

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Coronavirus, Environment, Field Crops, Forestry, General, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Specialty Crops

If you visited any public building or restroom during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have noticed an increased focus on handwashing and hygiene principles reflected in an abundance of signage on doors and in hallways. While it is great that public awareness has increased in the last 18 months, these have always been important principles, especially for all food-related businesses. …