Tag: Labor

New Initiative Aims To Ease Maine’s Farm Labor Shortage

September 6, 2020 – By Jennifer Mitchell, Maine Public – In recent decades, farms have faced difficulties in finding enough people to work. This year, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry decided to try and do something about it with an initiative called FarmingForME, including a social media blitz, an awareness and education

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Who grows our food: A conversation with ‘Police’

September 1, 2020 – By Mary Bilecki, Brattleboro Reformer – More than 11 percent of farm work in Vermont is accomplished by seasonal H-2A Temporary Visa farm workers, a majority of whom are Jamaican — an estimated 400 individuals. Established in 1986 as part of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the H-2A Visa Program

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The Pandemic Continues To Wreak Havoc On Maine Farms

July 24, 2020 – By Jennifer Mitchell, Maine Public – With harvest on the horizon and the summer slipping away, COVID-19 continues to wreak new havoc on Maine farms in diverse ways. Some farmers say the pandemic is dealing blows to their business plans and complicating an already complex labor market — even driving some

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The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger

July 7, 2020 – By Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post – A cash-strapped rancher, a virus-stricken meatpacker, an underpaid chef, a hungry engineer: The journey of a single burger during a pandemic. More links The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger

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