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Adverse Effect Wage Rates out of Vilsack’s hands

The U.S. Agriculture Secretary says his agency’s ability to address concerns with mandatory wage increases in the H-2A guestworker program is limited. Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin pressed Tom Vilsack for additional action to protect small farms from price hikes they can’t afford during Wednesday’s... Read More.

House Republicans call for H-2A wage freeze

New legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House that would freeze H-2A worker wages at 2023 levels. Michigan Republican John Moolenaar is the bill sponsor. “Sometimes these issues get caught up with immigration issues and others,” he says.  “We want to simplify this... Read More.

Minnesota dairy charged with wage, housing violations

A Minnesota dairy farm is facing legal action for allegedly not paying employees all they are owed, and for illegally charging rent for substandard housing. State Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit in Stearns County District Court against Evergreen Acres Dairy, Evergreen Estates, Morgan Feedlots,... Read More.

Guest worker wage rates a prominent issue for Farm Bureau

Ag labor challenges are sure to continue in the New Year. Minnesota Farm Bureau president Dan Glessing says possible fixes for guest worker wage rates were recently discussed during an American Farm Bureau board meeting. “It’s increasing annually 8 to 12 percent and that’s pretty... Read More.

H-2A guest worker wage methodology pushing farms out

The American Farm Bureau Federation says Congress needs to address unpredictable and volatile wages for H-2A guest workers. Director of Government Affairs John Walt Boatright tells Brownfield the impact of the Adverse Effect Wage Rate increases is being felt by farmers across the country. “It’s... Read More.