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Farmers Report Early Signs of Labor Shortages

From AgAlert.com, California Farm Bureau Federation, Steve Adler, 9 May 2012. As crops around the state are being planted, pruned, fertilized and watered in anticipation of a bountiful harvest, there’s a dark cloud forming overhead. The concern on farmers’ minds is whether there will be enough agricultural workers to get everything harvested. Reports of labor … Continue reading

Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition Annual Educational Conference

From AACHC.org, 8 May 2012. Do you work at a Migrant Health Center or work in a profession that serves migrant or seasonal farmworkers?  If so, plan on attending the Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition annual educational conference in lovely Prescott, Arizona May 15-17, 2012.  “Preserving Our Past, While Defining Our Future”,  a conference where those that … Continue reading

Consumer Demand for Food Justice Labels: The Next Big Thing

From Forbes.com, Danielle Gould, 8 May 2012. While consumer demand for information about where our food comes from and how it’s grown is increasing, thus far there has been relatively little interest in the people that actually harvest it. Commonly used labels such as ”natural,” “free range,” “genetically engineered,” “heirloom,” “organic” and “local,” indicate nothing about … Continue reading

Seasonal Farm-Worker Visa Program Frustrates Growers

From McClatchyDC.com, Sean Cockerham, 7 May 2012. As the summer growing season approaches, farmers across the county are experiencing widespread frustration over the federal H-2A visa program for seasonal agriculture workers.< In Idaho, farmers such as Jim Little of Emmett say they need immigrant workers from Latin America but that the government is making it … Continue reading

Migrant Program Helps Immokalee Students Attend Michigan State University

From NaplesNews.com, Jake Nordbye, 6 May 2012. For four years, Ernscie Augustin missed holidays with her family. She missed 80-degree winter days in Southwest Florida. And she missed her hometown of Immokalee. But Augustin said what she couldn’t afford to miss was her “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Every year, Immokalee High School students leave their homes and … Continue reading

Asparagus Left in the Field Shines Light on Immigration

From Tri-CityHerald.com, Tri-City Herald Editorial Staff, 6 May 2012. When a recent story ran about Mid-Columbia farmers who abandoned their asparagus fields because they couldn’t find enough workers to harvest the crop, several thoughts came to mind. It’s sad for the farmer who worked to bring the crop to fruition. It’s sad for the asparagus … Continue reading

Winston-Salem Picket and March in Support of NC Tobacco Farmworkers

From FightBackNews.org, B.J. Murphy, 6 May 2012. Winston-Salem, NC – On a hot morning, May 3, over 200 people gathered in front of the R.J. Reynolds (R.J.R) Headquarters in opposition to the very severe working conditions forced on North Carolina tobacco farmworkers. In response, the police surrounded the front of the headquarters, along with every … Continue reading

Former Maine Egg Farm Worker Files Lawsuit

From WLBZ2.com, Ken Christian, 27 Apr 2012. AUBURN, Maine (AP) – A former employee at the former DeCoster Egg Farms in Turner, Maine, has filed a lawsuit claiming he wasn’t paid overtime wages while he worked there. In his complaint in Androscoggin County Superior Court, Leo Sierra Flores of Lewiston claims he regularly worked more … Continue reading

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