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Mexico to prohibit subcontracting of avocado, berry pickers

- International
In order to comply with trade agreements with the U.S. and Canada, Mexico will prohibit subcontracting of day laborers in the avocado and berry industries, Reuters reported.

U.S. to grant 300,000 temporary work visas

- General News
Next month the United States will grant temporary work visas to an additional 300,000 foreign workers, announced Mexican Interior Minister Adán Augusto López Hernández on June 22.

Texas sees its biggest immigration tragedy

- Analysis
Legislative apathy toward immigrant labor reform—a rare but unfortunate instance of bipartisan consensus—shows no current signs of improvement. The human cost of this neglect became grimly clear on June 27.

Invafresh debuts new grocery AI with New York retailer

- Retail
Invafresh, the industry leading fresh grocery platform, announces enhancements to its production planning capabilities, making it the most comprehensive and innovative solution available on the market today for grocery retailers, whether for in-store or commissary operations, ensuring the freshest experience for their customers.

Foodservice labor crunch: opportunity for value-added produce?

- Produce with Pamela
Operators are looking for any way to relieve pain points in the kitchen and optimize precious labor hours.

How to deal with politics in the workplace

- Analysis
Man, said Aristotle, is a political animal. It’s no surprise, then, that politics are seeping into all sorts of discourse—including those in the workplace.

H-2A numbers continue to rise

- General News
The government’s H-2A program for contracting with agricultural workers from abroad continues to expand in the first two quarters of fiscal year 2022.

Grocery prices soar in May CPI report

- General News
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.0 percent in May on a seasonally adjusted basis after rising 0.3 percent in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

EFI supports Biden administration efforts on ethical recruitment

- General News
Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer groups, announces its support for the proposed new guidance on ethical recruitment from the Biden-Harris Administration’s Collaborative Migration Management Strategy.

A few bad apples in farm labor account for nearly 75 percent of violations

- Analysis
The 5 percent of vegetable farms with the most employment law violations detected by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hours Division (WHD) accounted for 71 percent of all violations from 2005 to 2019. Similarly, the 5 percent of U.S. strawberry farms with the most violations accounted for 75 percent of all violations found on U.S. strawberry farms during fiscal years 2005–2019.