union

Union Pushes Back Date for Potential Railroad Worker Strike

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Exports/Imports, Labor and Immigration

A key railroad workers’ union says it won’t go on strike after November 19. The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way – Employees Division says it will hold off on any type of action until early December. Freight Waves Dot Com says that will give railroads more time to come up with their best offer without the pressure of an imminent …

railroad strike

U.S. Railway Strike Looming

Dan Agri-Business, Exports/Imports, Labor and Immigration

Reports are saying a U.S. railway strike is imminent after the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen union voted last week against ratification of the National Tentative Agreement reached on September 15. Just over 60% of their voting members voted not to approve. The BRS negotiated this round of bargaining as a member of the Coordinated Bargaining Coalition (CBC) and later the United Rail …

Local Working Group

USDA-NRCS in Florida Announces Local Work Group Meetings

Dan Florida, Labor and Immigration, USDA-NRCS

Florida’s Local Working Group (LWG) meeting schedule for Fiscal Year 2023 has been announced by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts host the LWG meetings, where input and recommendations are discussed to develop solutions using Farm Bill programs. The LWGs provide recommendations to USDA on criteria for conservation activities and programs, and …

lawmakers

Lawmakers Ask USTR To Protect Growers from Unfair Practices by Mexico

Dan Exports/Imports, Field Crops, Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Specialty Crops, Trade

Lawmakers led by Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently asked U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to investigate the flood of surplus agricultural products from Mexico. The request, filed as a petition under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, says actions by Mexico over the last two decades have burdened and restricted U.S. commerce. The lawmakers say that for …

agriculture

Agriculture Coalition Letter to Senate on Farm Labor

Dan Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Regulation

The Agriculture Workforce Coalition is calling on the Senate to pass an agriculture workforce reform bill this Congress. The coalition sent a letter to Senate leaders this week, which was signed by dozens of agricultural organizations including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the International Fresh Produce Association, the National Farmers Union, and several associations from states where ag labor is …

poultry

Poultry Producers Settle Claims on Unfair Worker Treatment

Dan Labor and Immigration, Poultry

Three of the biggest poultry processors in the U.S. will settle claims by the Justice Department over their alleged efforts to work together to drive down employee compensation. Reuters said Cargill, Sanderson Farms, and Wayne Farms agreed to pay a combined $84 million in restitution to workers harmed by their alleged information sharing in order to settle civil antitrust lawsuits. …

Local Working Group

Report Highlights Effects of Rising Labor Costs

Dan Economy, Labor and Immigration

When ag labor costs rise, specialty crop growers are usually among those hit hardest. Now, a new USDA report goes in-depth on how fruit and vegetable growers are handling the higher costs of labor. The report says farm labor costs increased from 2010-19 for several reasons, including fewer newly-arrived unauthorized workers, rising State minimum wages, and new requirements to pay …

SNAP participation

Representatives Discuss Access to SNAP Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants

Dan Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Regulation

Do undocumented immigrants have access to SNAP benefits? That was a topic of discussion at the recent House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations hearing on SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Funding for the program is included in the farm bill, and the hearing was part of the committee’s work on the 2023 farm bill.    …

commissioner

Commissioner Fried Announces Launch of FDACS Farmer Stress Awareness Initiative

Dan Florida, Labor and Immigration

(Tallahassee, FL/May 24, 2022) — With May marking Mental Health Awareness Month, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried announced today the launch of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (FDACS) Farmer Stress Awareness Initiative. The formal launch will take place next week at an event at Wish Farms in Plant City on June 2nd at 9am where FDACS will premiere several videos that will …