Agriculture

Oregon Legislature passes bill mandating overtime pay for farmworkers

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, called the farmworker overtime bill a “good beginning.” (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle) Oregon is headed towards becoming the eighth state to mandate overtime pay for farmworkers. The pay bill passed its final legislative hurdle on Thursday and heads to Gov. Kate Brown, who appears ready[Read More…]

Washington County Farm Bureau seeks high school, college applicants for 2022 scholarships

A field is irrigated in the Gales Creek Valley near Roderick Road on May 15, 2021. Photo: Chas Hundley Local students in high school and college who are pursuing an education in the fields of agriculture, education, nursing or vocational training are once again eligible for scholarships offered by the[Read More…]

Proposal to pay farmworkers overtime overcomes first hurdle in Legislature

Grain at a farm outside of Forest Grove. Photo: Chas Hundley A controversial plan to require overtime pay that would affect the 86,000 farmworkers in Oregon advanced on Tuesday along partisan lines. All seven Democrats on the House Committee on Business and Labor voted for House Bill 4002, which would require[Read More…]

Farmworkers plead for overtime pay as ag industry warns of harmful impacts

Grain at a farm outside of Forest Grove. Photo: Chas Hundley Emotional and passionate testimony stretched into the night Tuesday during a legislative hearing on a proposal to require overtime pay for Oregon’s farmworkers. Legislation put forward by two Democratic lawmakers would pay farmworkers time and a half after working[Read More…]

Washington County Farm Bureau seeks high school, college applicants for 2021 scholarships

Grain at the Spiesschaert farm outside of Forest Grove. Photo: Chas Hundley WASHINGTON COUNTY – Local students in high school and college who are pursuing an education in the fields of agriculture, education, nursing or vocational training are eligible for three scholarships offered by the Washington County Farm Bureau this[Read More…]

Oregon Worker Quarantine Fund established to aid agricultural workers

Roy-area farms, taken in 2015. Photo: Chas Hundley SALEM – A significant portion of COVID-19 workplace outbreaks are impacting workers at agricultural operations and businesses across the state data from the Oregon Health Authority shows.  And when an outbreak occurs and people are sickened by or potentially exposed to COVID-19,[Read More…]

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