Category Archives: Farm Labor

How California’s farm labor shortage made friends of old rivals – from the Los Angeles Times

By Geoffrey Mohan D’Arrigo Bros. and the United Farm Workers once took more than 25 years to reach a contract, and for many years afterward they communicated mostly through court filings and job actions.   But the top leafy green … Continue reading

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This Robotic Wheelbarrow Will Follow Farmworkers As They Pick Berries – from Fast Company

An automated helper is designed to be a helpful companion to farm workers, so they don’t have to carry the produce they pick. By Adele Peters When farmworkers harvest table grapes in California’s Central Valley in 109-degree August weather, part … Continue reading

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Latino Farmer Conference coming up November 15 in Monterey

The second annual Growing Together Latino Farmer Conference will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Monterey, California. This annual conference is unique in that it is conducted in Spanish and translated into English for all attendees.  “Hispanic farmers and … Continue reading

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Social responsibility grows into a tradition at Fowler Packing Company

Established in 1950, Fowler Packing has been a staple in the Fresno community, operating two packing, cooling, and storage facilities covering more than 650,000 square feet at the company’s Fresno location. The company’s day-to-day achievements, like providing jobs and getting … Continue reading

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Drought relief program offers training for impacted workers

The California Drought Employment Training Program provides 12 different training opportunities, each requiring roughly 250 hours for completion, to workers, employers and students impacted by the drought. Training programs include Irrigation Technicians, Logistics Technicians, Industrial Maintenance Technicians, Water Treatment Operators, … Continue reading

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From the Bakersfield Californian: Paramount’s Lynda Resnick leads Lost Hills transformation

From the Bakersfield Californian BY JOHN COX Californian staff writer Ruben Garcia remembers life in the western Kern County town of Lost Hills 30 years ago when there were few street lights, little to do and most roads were dusty … Continue reading

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Migrant farmworker housing: Part of the solution for our industry’s workforce – and their families

Recently, I had the privilege of taking part in a tour of several housing centers for our state’s migrant farmworkers hosted by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.  I was eager to participate in this tour with Business, … Continue reading

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Robots to Revolutionize Farming, Ease Labor Woes – From the Associated Press via SF Gate

  http://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/Robots-to-revolutionize-farming-ease-labor-woes-4665421.php#photo-4914491 By GOSIA WOZNIACKA and TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — On a windy morning in California’s Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley … Continue reading

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