National Council of Agricultural Employers

National Council of Agricultural Employers The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is the ONLY national association focusing exclusively on Agricultural Labor issues from the Agricultural Employer’s viewpoint.

NCAE is a 501 (6) trade association incorporated in Washington, DC. NCAE represents Agricultural Employer interests before Congress and Regulatory/Administrative bodies such as the Departments of Labor, Homeland Security, Agriculture, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. NCAE Members are growers, associations, and others whose business interests revolve around labor intensive agriculture.

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NCAE Announces Opportunity to Vaccinate H-2A Temporary Ag Workers.Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/35Vlh...
06/21/2021
NCAE Announces Opportunity to Vaccinate H-2A Temporary Ag Workers - NCAE

NCAE Announces Opportunity to Vaccinate H-2A Temporary Ag Workers.

Read the full press release here: https://bit.ly/35VlhU9

June 21, 2021 For Immediate Release Contact: Michael Marsh, President and CEO (202) 629-9320 NCAE Announces Opportunity to Vaccinate H-2A Temporary Ag Workers (Washington, D.C.) The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) announced today that the Council’s ongoing collaboration with the ...

Thank you Amy Sowder for sharing this thoughtful article for our longtime member Paul Baker. He will be remembered and g...
06/03/2021
Remembering Paul Baker, New York grower advocate, farmer

Thank you Amy Sowder for sharing this thoughtful article for our longtime member Paul Baker. He will be remembered and greatly missed.

NEW YORK STATE — Some people work tirelessly for their region’s produce industry and are well-respected for it, but it isn’t until they’re gone that others realize their impact.

Did you miss our Workers' Compensation webinar?Visit our website to review our library of webinars that are available fo...
05/14/2021
Webinars - NCAE

Did you miss our Workers' Compensation webinar?

Visit our website to review our library of webinars that are available for viewing http://bit.ly/NCAEwebinars

Check out webinars featuring industry experts who provide insight and nuance to complex topics facing agricultural employers

NCAE Announces “Best Practices and Strategies to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Your Workers’ Compensation Program with H-2A E...
04/14/2021
NCAE Announces “Best Practices and Strategies to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Your Workers’ Compensation Program with H-2A Employees” Webinar - NCAE

NCAE Announces “Best Practices and Strategies to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Your Workers’ Compensation Program with H-2A Employees” Webinar.

Be sure to register today!

April 13, 2021 For Immediate Release Contact: Nigel Bocanegra, Manager of Association Services, (650) 333-3215 (Washington, DC) – The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is pleased to announce the next installment of its educational webinar series, “Best Practices and Strategies to...

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) isn’t running for reelection. Before he goes gently into the good Wisconsin night, howe...
04/30/2018
For departing Ryan, a legacy-making opportunity on immigration

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) isn’t running for reelection. Before he goes gently into the good Wisconsin night, however, this year the speaker can make one more legacy-defining move – one consistent with his 20-year commitment to fostering economic growth and business competitiveness.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/politics/384383-for-departing-ryan-a-legacy-making-opportunity-on-immigration

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) isn’t running for reelection.

In Reading, PA, local employers weighed in Monday on the effects of immigration policy on their businesses and employees...
04/30/2018
Berks County employers say tough immigration policy shrinks their workforces

In Reading, PA, local employers weighed in Monday on the effects of immigration policy on their businesses and employees, saying that some current trends in federal policy do not make dollars or sense.

http://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/berks-county-employers-say-tough-immigration-policy-shrinks-their-workforces

They spoke Monday at the Greater Reading Immigration Project's annual Immigration Summit at Alvernia University.

Proposed new rules for screening of visa applicants would intensify scrutiny of their social media histories and other p...
04/13/2018
State Department Proposes Stricter Visa Screening for Visitors to U.S.

Proposed new rules for screening of visa applicants would intensify scrutiny of their social media histories and other personal details. NCAE will be submitting comments on these proposed rules on behalf of the NCAE membership.
https://associationsnow.com/2018/04/state-department-proposes-stricter-visa-screening-for-visitors-to-u-s/?utm_source=AN%2BDaily%2BNews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20180409%2BMonday

Proposed new rules for screening of visa applicants would intensify scrutiny of their social media histories and other personal details. The Visit U.S. Coalition is concerned that heavier vetting could exacerbate a decline in international travel to the U.S.

An op-ed on some of the current events affecting the U.S. Farm Belt. With global prices dropping and competition rising,...
04/06/2018
Guest Column: Trump's war on farmers

An op-ed on some of the current events affecting the U.S. Farm Belt.

With global prices dropping and competition rising, notes Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), "This could not be happening at a worse time for American agriculture."

http://azdailysun.com/news/local/guest-column-trump-s-war-on-farmers/article_be30cce6-a331-5099-8ccf-cdaef8edaa68.html

The president has triggered a trade war with China, and the bombs are falling on his own allies in the Farm Belt.

H-2A Employers Gain Access to Section 514 Housing Loans. In the FY18 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1625 – genera...
04/06/2018
Farm Labor Housing Direct Loans & Grants | USDA Rural Development

H-2A Employers Gain Access to Section 514 Housing Loans.

In the FY18 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1625 – generally referred to as the “Omni” or “Omnibus”), passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2018, includes a provision permanently changing the statutory language governing the Section 514 farm labor housing loan program. Section 514 housing loans are administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) and offer low-interest loans (1% fixed interest rate) for periods up to 33 years, available to purchase or upgrade farm labor housing. Previously, employers of H-2A employees were specifically excluded from participating in the program, but this change adds permanent language to the statute expanding eligibility from U.S. citizens and green card holders to now cover housing for “a person legally admitted to the United States and authorized to work in agriculture.”
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/farm-labor-housing-direct-loans-grants

What does this program do? It provides affordable financing to develop housing for year-round and migrant or seasonal domestic farm laborers. (1)

A lot has changed in this hilly railroad town since the early 1990s, when Bob Goodlatte was the go-to guy if you were an...
04/02/2018
As a lawyer, he worked for immigrants. As a lawmaker, he works against them.

A lot has changed in this hilly railroad town since the early 1990s, when Bob Goodlatte was the go-to guy if you were an immigrant who needed help in western Virginia.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/as-a-lawyer-he-worked-for-immigrants-as-a-lawmaker-he-works-against-them/2018/03/22/a386272a-27d7-11e8-874b-d517e912f125_story.html?utm_term=.0f46ccafb251

Before Bob Goodlatte ran for Congress, he helped immigrants in Roanoke, get visas and bring family members to the U.S. Now he leads the effort to keep them out.

04/02/2018
Marsh Takes Reins of NCAE

Save the date for the 2018 Ag Labor Forum in Las Vegas, November 28-30. Gary Pullano, Managing Editor of Fruit and Vegetable Growers News captured some footage of Michael speaking at the 2017 Labor Forum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpKKQu8mfBM

Michael Marsh, the new president and CEO of the National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE), outlines NCAE's goals at the Ag Employer Forum in Las Vega...

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) issued this Notice to an...
03/23/2018
Labor Certification Process for the Temporary Employment of H-2A and H-2B Foreign Workers in the United States: Annual Update to Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers' Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) issued this Notice to announce the annual update to the allowable charges that employers seeking H-2A workers in occupations other than range herding may charge their workers when the employer provides three meals a day and the maximum travel subsistence meal reimbursement that a worker with receipts may claim under the H-2A and H-2B programs.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/21/2018-05744/labor-certification-process-for-the-temporary-employment-of-h-2a-and-h-2b-foreign-workers-in-the

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) is issuing this Notice to announce the annual update to the allowable charges that employers seeking H-2A workers in occupations other than range herding may charge their workers when the employer...

The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted agricultural haulers another 90-day delay from a national mandate requ...
03/23/2018
DOT again delays ELD mandate for livestock haulers

The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted agricultural haulers another 90-day delay from a national mandate requiring electronic logging devices to track their time on the road.

http://www.capitalpress.com/Livestock/20180316/dot-again-delays-eld-mandate-for-livestock-haulers

The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted agricultural haulers another 90-day delay from a national mandate requiring electronic logging devices to track their time on the road.The waiver comes as a relief to animal agriculture groups as they continue to work with DOT’s Federal Motor

A controversy within a tiny Central Washington community over a proposed housing unit along its Main Street for foreign ...
03/23/2018
Seasonal worker housing divides small town community

A controversy within a tiny Central Washington community over a proposed housing unit along its Main Street for foreign seasonal workers is demonstrative of the statewide labor shortage affecting the entire agriculture industry.

http://thelens.news/2018/03/16/seasonal-worker-housing-divides-small-town-community/

A controversy within a tiny Central Washington community over a proposed housing unit along its Main Street for foreign seasonal workers is demonstrative of the statewide labor shortage affecting t…

Here's the paradox of immigration in America right now: The economy is roaring, and wages are rising, yet 2017 was anoth...
03/19/2018
Legal immigration has soared as illegal entries have dwindled

Here's the paradox of immigration in America right now: The economy is roaring, and wages are rising, yet 2017 was another year of virtually no illegal border crossings. On average, each Border Patrol agent apprehended just 16 people all year — one every three weeks, tied for the lowest rate since World War II. This is down from when Border Patrol agents apprehended an average of 261 crossers per agent in 1996.

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/03/14/legal-immigration-soared-illegal-entries-dwindled

Here's the paradox of immigration in America right now: The economy is roaring, and wages are rising, yet 2017 was another year of virtually no...

The three House Republican members of Congress who spoke at NCAE’s annual meeting in February are featured in this artic...
03/19/2018
‘The place bills go to die’

The three House Republican members of Congress who spoke at NCAE’s annual meeting in February are featured in this article from Politico:

“In late February, speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team went to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte with a request. With a White House deadline fast approaching to address the fate of Dreamers facing possible deportation, the leaders wanted to put Goodlatte’s conservative immigration plan on the House floor, but needed him to make changes to win more votes. Goodlatte, an immigration hard-liner, assured Ryan he would be flexible.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/03/15/goodlatte-judiciary-committee-angers-republicans-459042

Bob Goodlatte’s slow-moving stewardship of the House Judiciary Committee has infuriated Republicans and left Dreamers hanging.

The labor shortage is being blamed on federal immigration policies since 57% of the U.S. agricultural workforce is undoc...
03/19/2018
Could robotics help to relieve the farm labor shortage?

The labor shortage is being blamed on federal immigration policies since 57% of the U.S. agricultural workforce is undocumented — with arrests and deportations trending up. Consumers could feel the pinch as well when labor shortages impact supply and retail prices increase.

https://www.fooddive.com/news/could-robotics-help-to-relieve-the-farm-labor-shortage/518763/

Farmers are testing agricultural robots in California and Florida to harvest strawberries and other crops, but widespread adoption will hinge on the practicality and cost-effectiveness of the machines.

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“Without immediate action by the #Senate, many #Farmers do not see a future in #labor-intensive #Agriculture." ~ Agriculture Workforce Coalition ~ American Farm Bureau Federation, Western Growers, National Council of Agricultural Employers
President Biden signed an Executive Order on Jan. 25 to ban travel from South Africa. Many Arkansas farmers utilize H-2A workers from South Africa and this order jeopardizes their ability to get those workers. ArFB is monitoring the situation and working to resolve the issue. We are currently working with the National Council of Agricultural Employers and others to get a national interest exemption through the U.S. Department of State, which would allow farmers to bring in essential H-2A workers.
The 2020 President’s Advocacy and Leadership Tour took place last week in our nation’s capital. More than 50 leaders from around the state were on hand to spread the word about Arkansas agriculture and the industry’s key concerns in meetings with the Arkansas Congressional delegation, the United States Trade Representative, of National Council of Agricultural Employers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Here’s a wrap-up of what happened on this eventful and important trip.
The National Council of Agricultural Employers still wants the U.S. Department of Labor to determine if U.S. workers are hurt by the H-2A program. Read more here http://ow.ly/WkaQ50xPbLS #farmlabor #growers #H2A #Latinamerica #canada
Michael Marsh, president and CEO of the National Council of Agricultural Employers updates growers on labor issues at the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Michael Marsh, president and CEO of the National Council of Agricultural Employers updates growers on labor issues at the Great Lakes EXPO in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kara Youngblood and paralegal Talya Freeborn are traveling to Las Vegas today to attend the @National Council of Agricultural Employers Ag Employer Labor Forum. Agricultural employers and industry experts will be discussing the latest industry news and developments, including topics such as responsible recruitment practices, employee housing, and taxation. We are excited to continue learning and to serve our clients with the best and most current industry knowledge! Pictured: Nick and Phillip Pelham of Cumberland Valley Nurseries, Inc. #continuingeducation #alwayslearning #immigration #agriculture #immigrationlaw #immigrationattorney #h2a #h2avisa #workvisa