Employers & Employment

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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

USDA, Legion Team to Promote Ag Jobs

From FtLeavenworthLamp.com, 1 Mar 2012. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and American Legion National Commander Fang Wong signed a memorandum of understanding Feb. 28 to help veterans and transitioning military service members find positions that promote agriculture, animal and plant health, food safety, nutrition, conservation and rural communities. With this partnership, USDA and the American Legion … Continue reading

So, You Chose the Wrong Career

From PorkNetwork.com, Marlys Miller, Editor, Pork Magazine, 9 Feb 2012. It’s no secret that agricultural illiteracy is rampant in the United States, well even globally. Most people lack more than the most basic understanding of agriculture, and they fail to comprehend its deep interconnectedness to their daily lives. Yet life’s most essential elements — food, … 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

Arkansas Foreign Guest Worker Firm Agrees to $1.5M Settlement of Suit over Inadequate Pay

From TheRepublic.com, Chuck Bartels, 5 Jan 2012. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge in Arkansas is on the verge of giving final approval to a settlement of a class-action lawsuit that would pay about 1,500 migrant workers a total of $1.5 million to make up for unpaid wages and expenses. The lawsuit was brought … Continue reading

Farmworkers in El Paso Glum About 2012

From Latino.FoxNews.com, 1 Jan 2012. Close to 70 agricultural day laborers arrive every day at the Centro de los Trabajadores Agricolas Fronterizos (Border Farmworker Center) in El Paso in hopes of being hired to harvest nuts and red chilis, but with little hope at all for next year. Around 1:00 a.m. the farmworkers gather in … Continue reading

Farm Labor Laws Crippling Carolina Fruit, Vegetable Operations

From SoutheastFarmPress.com, Roy Roberson, 30 Dec 2011. Kendall Hill is co-owner and president of Tull Hill Farms, one of North Carolina’s longest running, largest and most successful vegetable crop farming operations. The biggest risk to operations like his, Hill says, is the availability and affordability of labor. “I’m 72 years old. I can’t work in … Continue reading

National Farm Worker Jobs Program Available in Indiana

From ETruth.com, Jeff Burbrink, Great Outdoors, 30 Dec 2011. You may not have heard of the National Farmer [Farmworker] Jobs Program. This program is designed to help seasonal and migrant farm workers and their dependents find training and education for qualify them for more skilled jobs. To qualify for the program, the person must have … Continue reading

Laws on Farm Labor Impact Minors

From LakeNewsOnline.com, Rance Burger, 28 Dec 2011. Lake of the Ozarks, MO — Proposed changes to farm labor laws may change the landscape of education in rural communities across the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and beyond. The U.S. Department of Labor will consider implementing new rules for youth farm labor in 2012, rules that Missouri … Continue reading

Program Teaches Farm Labor Contractors How to Avoid Problems

From The Grower.com, Fritz Roka, Cesar Asuaje, and Carlene Thissen, 28 Dec 2011. Editor’s note: This is the Immokalee Report, a monthly column written by researchers at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. This column appeared in the November-December 2011 issue of Citrus + Vegetable Magazine. A new University of Florida/Institute of Food and … Continue reading

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