Dept. of Agriculture

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Aurelio Perez: From Farm Worker to Farm Owner

From FSA.Typepad.com, USDA Farm Service Agency, Jessica Davis, Idaho FSA Farm Loan Officer, 21 Nov 2011. Aurelio Perez came to Jerome, Idaho, in 1992 with a plan to work on a local dairy farm for one year. That year became a life-changing experience for Aurello. He decided to stay and continue working at the dairy … Continue reading

Feds Rip Mismanagement of Homestead Farmworker Housing

From MiamiHerald.com, Christina Veiga, 10 Nov 2011. The federal government says the Homestead Housing authority heaped benefits on employees while making a shambles of the units they managed. Having the Homestead Housing Authority as a landlord can be a nasty proposition: Its federally subsidized dwellings for farmworkers feature rusted bathtubs, broken cabinets, peeling paint and … Continue reading

So Much for the Nativists

From NYTimes.com, Opinion, 26 Oct 2011. Here’s a Capitol riddle for you: Representative Lamar Smith, one of the most reflexively anti-immigrant hard-liners in Congress, is sponsoring a bill to flood the agriculture sector with up to half-a-million visas for guest workers. Understand why and you’re well on your way to unpacking the nation’s dysfunctional relationship with … Continue reading

Farmworker, Low-Income Housing for Somerton Pending

From YumaSun.com, Cesar Neyoy, Bajo el Sol, 26 Sept 2011. SOMERTON, AZ — A 34-unit apartment complex could open up to farmworkers or low-income families in Somerton in two or three years, pending the city council’s final approval of a rezoning for the project. The city council gave preliminary approval last week to a request … Continue reading

AFOP Supports Strengthening DOL’s Hazardous Orders in Agriculture

From PRWeb.com, 2 Sept 2011. Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs Commends Step Forward in Protecting Children In the midst of National Labor Rights Week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing revisions to child labor regulations that would strengthen the safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture and related fields. The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) … Continue reading

Reminder: Certain Fees May Not Be Collected From H-2A and H-2B Workers

From USCIS.gov, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, 1 Aug 2011. As the traditional harvest season approaches, USCIS reminds petitioners that certain fees may not be collected from H-2A and H-2B workers, according to 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(h)(5)(xi)(A) and § 214.2(h)(6)(i)(B). We realize that delays in adjudicating these petitions may affect employers’ ability to place … Continue reading

NASS Will Resume its Agricultural Labor Survey

From KXLO-KLCM.com, 1 JUL 2011. WASHINGTON, July 1, 2011 – In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will resume its Agricultural Labor Survey after the U.S. Department of Labor agreed to pay its costs. NASS suspended the survey in April due to budget constraints. “We are very pleased to be … Continue reading

Notes from Rural Georgia: ‘All the Crop was Missed’

From Blogs.AJC.com, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jim Galloway, 15 Jun 2011. On Monday, we gave you the link to that quick Department of Agriculture study of rural Georgia’s labor problems — shortages in the wake of the state’s new illegal immigration bill. About 11,000 mostly part-time jobs are going unfilled. What wasn’t included were the two pages of … Continue reading

Tighter Borders Could Reduce Farm Labor, Study Says

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, Dale Kasler, 7 Jun 2011. Stricter immigration enforcement would likely reduce the demand for farm labor and increase the mechanization of California agriculture, according to a new study co-authored by a UC Davis economist. The study, released Monday, says crackdowns on undocumented farmworkers will simply raise the cost of farm labor. Growers will respond … Continue reading

The Truth About E-Verify

From HuffingtonPost.com, Frank Sharry, 25 May 2011. Republican members of Congress, led by the anti-immigrant “Three Amigos” in the House (Lamar Smith, Elton Gallegly and Steve King) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are on a mission to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the U.S. They won’t exactly say that mass deportation is their goal, but it … Continue reading

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