The Trump Administration and the Migrant Workforce

Abigail Taylor Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

President Trump has been very clear about his stance on illegal immigration. America has already seen efforts to reform immigration policies. However, alterations to immigration policy could bring significant changes to the migrant workforce in the agriculture industry. Fritz Roka, an associate professor at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center, spoke…

UF/IFAS Helps Prepare Agriculture Workers for Revised Federal Regulation

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Legislative, Top Posts

By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu Source: Fred Fishel, 352-392-4721, weeddr@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla., January 17, 2017 --- The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is getting the word out on updates to the federal Worker Protection Standard. Changes take effect January 2017. The Worker Protection Standard is a regulation originally issued by…

Labor Tops Peach Industry Issues

Kelsey Fry Labor, Peaches, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Kay Rentzel, managing director for the National Peach Council, addressed the regulatory issues facing the peach industry. The frontrunner was labor. She explained the importance of labor in the peach industry and the legal struggle to have guest workers present in the field. "Labor is critical…

Sign Up for Lake County Farm Safety Day

Kelsey Fry Industry News Release, Labor, Top Posts

Lake County Extension will hold a Farm Safety Day on December 14 at the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Agriculture Center at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. The training is designed to educate workers on equipment safety, CPR and first aid, updates to the Worker Protection Standard, pesticide applicator safety and…

Labor Is Still a Major Concern for Many in Agriculture

Kelsey Fry Labor 0 Comments

Labor continues to be a major issue for many specialty crop growers, not only here in the Southeast, but across the country. Last month, agricultural leaders were in Washington, D.C. to discuss this topic, and one of those participating was American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. He highlighted the need for enhanced coordination to eliminate…