CMI Orchards has selected Brett Reasor as the new CEO of New Columbia Fruit Packers and President and CEO of Food Systems for the Future Ertharin Cousin has been tapped to assume the role of co-chair for USDA’s Equity Commission.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to reinstate protections for farmworkers exposed to pesticides, officially dumping a 2020 Trump administration rule that went into effect briefly before the Biden administration took office.
The Biden administration will work with the United Farm Workers to develop a $65 million program broadly aimed at ensuring farms implement “robust health and safety standards” for employees and preventing unfair recruitment practices for H-2A workers.
President Joe Biden delivers his state of the union message this week amid a world crisis that is further clouding his political agenda, while congressional appropriators face a March 11 deadline for finalizing their 2022 spending legislation five months into the fiscal year.
The federal government is increasing its oversight of farms and other operations where workers are exposed to extreme heat, launching an enforcement initiative and encouraging employers to provide water, rest, and shade as needed to cope with high temperatures.