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Dairy Farmers Worry that Proposed E-Verify Law Will Kill Industry

From, Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal-Sentinel, Georgia Pabst, 30 Jul 2011. Immigration battle lands in the heart of rural America New Holstein, WI – As daylight breaks, David Geiser is already in the barn of the Gold Star Dairy farm tending to more than 300 head of Holsteins on his sprawling farm. Like his father and grandfather, … Continue reading

Migrant Workers to Get Payout of $220,000 from Seed Company

From, Dave Hinton, 31 Jul 2011. An Indiana seed company has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to 91 migrant farm workers, including several who formerly resided in the Rantoul area. Remington Hybrid Seed Co. of Remington, Ind., reached a settlement to make the payment. A 2008 federal lawsuit was filed against the company … Continue reading

“The Harvest” – Children in the Fields, but Not at Play

From, Mike Hale, 31 Jul 2011. Movie Review: “The Harvest/La Cosecha” “The Harvest/La Cosecha,” an earnest documentary about child migrant farmworkers in the United States, has a muckraking agenda but a melancholy soul. As it follows a 16-year-old boy and two girls, 12 and 14, through one harvest cycle, it depicts their lives as a … Continue reading

East Oregonian: H-2A Reform is a Step in Right Direction

From, East Oregonian, 27 Jul 2011. This Our View piece was published here in the East Oregonian In a perfect world, unemployed American citizens would eagerly accept farm, nursery or orchard jobs and apply themselves diligently despite the often backbreaking nature of the work. In the perfect world, growers could afford to pay workers $20 an hour for … Continue reading

Farmers Oppose G.O.P. Bill on Immigration

From, Jesse McKinley and Julia Preston, 30 Jul 2011. PATTERSON, Calif. — Farmers across the country are rallying to fight a Republican-sponsored bill that would force them and all other employers to verify the legal immigration status of their workers, a move some say could imperil not only future harvests but also the agricultural community’s traditional … Continue reading

Strictly Business: Q&A with Amy Wolfe, AgSafe Executive Director

From, 29 Jul 2011. AgSafe, a nonprofit organization comprising individuals, associations and businesses dedicated to preventing injuries, illness and deaths among workers in California’s agricultural industry, has scheduled its monthly Farm Labor Contractor Continuing Education Program for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. Cost … Continue reading

Fix Paperwork Problems for Rochester-Area Guest Workers

From, Louise Slaughter, Guest Essayist, 29 Jul 2011. Our farmers continue be the leading driver of our upstate economy, furthering the tradition of a robust regional agricultural sector that currently ranks second in the nation in the production of apples, third in grapes and wine, and fourth in a host of other vegetable crops. … Continue reading

Farmers Say Workers Fear Immigration Law

From, M.J. Ellington, Montgomery Bureau, 29 Jul 2011. [Montgomery, AL] — Horticultural farm owner Bill Cook said months before most of the state’s illegal immigration law takes effect, he’s already having trouble finding the workers he needs. Representatives of the Alabama Department of Agriculture, Alabama Farmer’s Federation and other groups that work with growers … Continue reading

Funerals for Detasselers are Friday

From, Quad-City Times, Brian Wellner, 27 Jul 2011. [Sterling, IL] — Funeral services are set for two 14-year-old girls who were electrocuted Monday while detasseling corn at a Whiteside County farm. Jade Garza, 14, and Hannah Kendall, 14, both of Sterling, Ill., were working for Monsanto Corp. when, the company says, they were electrically … Continue reading

Farmworker Sues Employment Agency for his Personnel Records

From, Paul Young, City News Service, 28 Jul 2011. [Thermal, CA] — A Thermal farmworker is suing an Indio employment agency for allegedly withholding his work history records, but a spokeswoman for the firm said Wednesday that his claims are baseless. Victoriano Esteban filed suit in Riverside County Superior Court seeking a judicial decree … Continue reading

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