A Pilot to Improve Ag Workforce

Dan Agri-Business, Labor and Immigration, This Land of Ours

A new USDA pilot program has grant funding now available for ag employees needing resources to address various farm labor and workforce challenges. Rod Bain has more in today’s This Land of Ours report. The Ag sector in recent years has faced several challenges regarding its workforce. “How to add Employer Support and create a safe and healthy work environment. …

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West Coast Port Workers Ratify Labor Contract

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Labor and Immigration, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

Last week, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), which represents dockworkers at all U.S. West Coast ports, voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement. The Union voted 75 percent in favor of approving the agreement that runs until 2028 six-year agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2022, and runs through July 1, 2028. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO …


Challenges for House Ag Labor Working Group

Dan Agri-Business, Funding, Labor and Immigration, Legislative

Congress is looking into farm labor needs around the nation, but it is a challenging task. The House Agriculture Committee recently announced the creation of the bipartisan Agricultural Labor Working Group (see news release below), which will focus on the workforce issues faced by agricultural producers around the nation. Congressman and farmer Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01) says the current system needs …


USDA Hiring Engineers, Natural Resource Specialists

Dan Labor and Immigration, USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is ramping up hiring for key positions to help strengthen agricultural conservation efforts. The available positions, through the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), include engineers, civil engineering technicians and natural resource specialists. The application period for engineer positions and engineering technicians is currently open and natural resource specialist opportunities will open next week. …

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Farmer/Congressman Supports Dignity Act for Immigrants

Dan Agri-Business, Labor and Immigration, Legislative, Regulation

by Sabrina Halvorson As a longtime farmer, John Duarte of California has paid close attention to immigration bills and now as a first-term congressman, he has the opportunity to support one. Congressman Duarte (R-CA) is a co-sponsor of the updated Dignity Act, which was recently reintroduced by a bipartisan group of representatives led by Reps. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and …

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NPPC Submits Testimony on Border Protection

Dan Labor and Immigration, National Pork Producers Council (NPPC)

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) recently submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade about the need for robust customs and border protection keep foreign animal diseases from reaching the U.S. mainland. With increasing threats like foot and mouth diseases and African swine fever, the pork and other livestock sectors are looking to the Bureau of …

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West Coast Labor Dispute Affecting Red Meat Exports

Dan Agri-Business, Beef, Cattle, Exports/Imports, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

Contract negotiations between West Coast longshoremen and container terminal operators faced a breakdown last Friday, as work stoppages effectively closed the Port of Oakland and slowed operations up and down the coast. And that is affecting the shipping of agricultural products, including red meat. U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO, Dan Halstrom, explains why the West Coast port labor impasse is of …


USDA to Bring Jobs to Rural Partners Network

Dan Agri-Business, Economy, Labor and Immigration, This Land of Ours

The USDA is working to bring more jobs to rural communities. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Department of Agriculture this week announced an effort to help rural communities to address some of their immediate needs and foster long-term economic growth. USDA is providing loans and grants to help people living in rural and Tribal communities in …