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EPA Awards Grant To Help Farm Workers Reduce Pesticide Risks

From ENewsPF.com, 26 Jan 2012. Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 26, 2012.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that it is providing a $25,000 grant to the Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA) to reduce exposure to pesticides for farm workers in southern New Jersey. CATA, a Latino-led nonprofit organization, will educate migrant farm workers throughout … Continue reading

Office of Advocacy and Outreach Launches New Website!

From SustainableAgricuture.net, 27 Jan 2012. This week, USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach launched their website located at www.outreach.usda.gov. The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) was established in the 2008 Farm Bill in order to increase access to USDA programs and to improve the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning farmers and ranchers, … Continue reading

Fruit of Their Labors: New Farm Worker Housing

From MultiHousingNews.com, Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Writer, 18 Jan 2012. Delta, Colo.—Several years ago, southwestern Colorado growers decided to act on the pressing need to give farm workers affordable housing close to where they grow and harvest grapes, peaches, apples and corn. That spurred the development of a new farm worker housing community called Alta Vista … Continue reading

Opinion: Illegal Immigration: More at Stake than You Think

From TBO.com, Tampa Bay Online, “Illegal immigration: More at stake than you think” 22 Jan 2012. Ask most Americans about “illegal immigration” and they are likely to conjure an image of someone of Hispanic origin swimming across the Rio Grande or evading border patrolmen in the desert. The reality is that just who is “illegal,” … Continue reading

Crushed Mushroom Worker Identified

From Articles.Philly.com, Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer, 19 Jan 2012. A mushroom worker who died Monday after being crushed by a 700-pound hay bale at an Avondale processing plant has been identified, police said today. New Garden Township Police said officers responded to the Cardile Brothers Mushrooms plant in the 8800 block of Gap … Continue reading

Ga. Agriculture Faces a Growing Labor Problem

From GainesvilleTimes.com, Dallas Duncan, 22 Jan 2012. When Georgia passed House Bill 87, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Reinforcement Act of 2011, the agriculture industry struggled with a sudden labor loss statewide. “Much of agriculture production in Georgia is the production of crops that are highly mechanized. We can’t do that with blueberries and blackberries … Continue reading

The Agricultural 99 Percent

From Notes.Bread.org, Andrew Wainer, 18 Jan 2012. 2011 was a record year for U.S. farmers, with farm income topping $100 billion. This includes sales of $22 billion in fruits and nuts and $21 billion in vegetables and melons – crops that rely on immigrant farm labor. But even as U.S. farmers prospered in 2011, those working on farms … Continue reading

Jensen Farms Fined for Substandard Housing

From ThePacker.com, Andy Nelson, 20 Jan 2012. The Colorado cantaloupe grower-shipper linked to the deadly 2011 listeria outbreak has been fined for housing migrant workers in substandard conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division fined Granada, Colo.-based Jensen Farms $4,250 for failing to meet safety and health requirements under the Migrant and … Continue reading

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Address Seasonal Farm Labor Shortages

From HouseRepublican.WA.gov, 13 Jan 2012. This past fall, many orchardists throughout Central and Eastern Washington nearly lost their apple crops due to a shortage of fruit pickers. Several Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are hoping to avert the same crisis in the future through legislation they introduced Thursday in the Washington State House of Representatives. … Continue reading

Labor Shortages, H-2A Reform

From Migration.UCDavis.edu, “Labor Shortages, H-2A Reform” Jan 2012. Growers complained of farm labor shortages in many states in summer and fall 2011, especially in Alabama and Georgia, states that enacted laws making it a crime for an unauthorized foreigner to be in the state. The Washington apple harvest, expected to be about 105 million 42-pound … Continue reading

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