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As We See It: Search for Alternative to Methyl Bromide Continues Unabated

From SantaCruzSentinel.com, 27 April 2012. It’s a sad irony that for years growing a healthy strawberry conventionally has required methyl bromide, a chemical so harmful it has been banned by international treaty because it is destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. Another dose of irony: The soil fumigant at first favored to replace methyl bromide, methyl … Continue reading

Suit Claims Hastings Ranch Exploited Drug-Addicted Workers

From FirstCoastNews.com, Jessika Lewis, 27 April 2012. HASTINGS, Fla. — A First Coast potato grower is in hot water, accused of labor trafficking. Florida Legal Services and Farmworker Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Bulls-Hit Ranch and Farm on behalf of two farm workers who said they worked at the Hastings ranch from 2009-2010. The … Continue reading

Dolores Huerta Will Be Given Medal of Freedom, White House Announces

From HispanicBusiness.com, Rachel Cook, 27 Apr 2012. For Dolores Huerta, receiving a medal from the U.S. President is more than a nod to a lifetime dedicated to a multitude of social movements. It’s a hearty recognition of community organizing’s role in a democracy. “Not only is (organizing) important, but it’s the only thing we can … Continue reading

Labor Department Statement on Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Dealing With Children Who Work in Agricultural Vocations

From DOL.gov, 26 Apr 2012. News Release WHD News Release: [04/26/2012] Contact Name: Joshua R. Lamont or Elizabeth Alexander Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x4675 Release Number: 12-0826-NAT WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations: … Continue reading

Georgia Farmers Face Another Worker Shortage Because Of Harmful Immigration Law

From ThinkProgress.org, Amanda Peterson Beadle, 13 Apr 2012. As soon as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a harmful immigration bill into law last year, farmers saw an immediate exodus of thousands of skilled immigrant farm workers. Without enough workers, millions of dollars in crops rotted in the fields because there was no one to harvest them. Officials suggested … Continue reading

As Tide of Illegal Immigrants Goes Home, Will US Economy Suffer?

From MinnPost.com, Lourdes Medrano, Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr 2012. The steady stream of immigrant workers who used to line up at Tim Dunn’s Arizona farm, ready to pick vegetable seed crops like black-eyed peas and garbanzo beans, has mostly dried up. “We just don’t see people walking up, looking for jobs like they used to,” he says. … Continue reading

Michigan Asparagus Farmers Need Workers to Harvest Early Crop

From MichiganRadio.org, Lindsey Smith, 10 Apr 2012. Michigan’s asparagus season has started early because of the warmer than usual weather this spring. But farmers are worried they don’t have enough workers to harvest the crop. “Being a former migrant worker I can tell you that in the past Michigan has had a wealth of workers … Continue reading

Farmers Migrant Housing Plan Leads to Lawsuit

From UpNorthLive.com, Kate Fox, 9 Apr 2012. BENZIE COUNTY [MI] — A farmers plans to improve housing for his migrant workers in Benzie County has sparked a lawsuit and charges of racism. Loy Putney, a fruit grower in Benzie County wants to reuse a vacant motel in Village of Elberta and transform it into new … Continue reading

Vermont Considers Driver’s Licenses for Migrant Workers

From NorthCountryPublicRadio.org, Sarah Harris, 9 Apr 2012. The dairy industry in Northern New York and Vermont relies heavily on migrant labor. A lot of the farm workers are undocumented. That causes problems when the workers have to do simple tasks that involve driving, like going to the grocery store or visiting the doctor. But Vermont … Continue reading

Farming Operation Accused of Cheating Workers

From MyDesert.com, Desert Sun Wire Services, 2 Apr 2012. RIVERSIDE — A commercial farming operation and four of its contractors face accusations of cheating Coachella Valley-area migrant workers of pay and failing to provide them with basic living amenities. Calandri SonRise Farms, headquartered in Lancaster, is being sued in federal court for alleged violations of … Continue reading

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