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Child Labor in American Agriculture

From MNDaily.com, Eric Best, 3 Apr 2012. Nearly half a million children farm workers harvest almost 25 percent of our crops. It may sound like something out of the Industrial Revolution, but child labor still exists throughout the U.S. today, in surprising numbers. Most of these children are in undocumented families working in agriculture — … Continue reading

Farmers Support Illegal Immigrant Work Program

From KBIA.org, Peggy Lowe, 6 Apr 2012. It’s a long way from Forget-Me-Not Farms to the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. But T.J. Curtis, a dairy farmer from Cimarron, Kan., drove the 300 miles because he’s desperate for workers for his family’s operation in western Kansas, where they want to hire another 75 people. He … Continue reading

Labor Policy in the 2012 Farm Bill

From PulitzerCenter.org, Kate Furgurson, 25 Feb 2012. After the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction failed to agree upon a framework for the 2012 Farm Bill, farmers, corporations, laborers and consumers alike are anxiously waiting to see how the bill will impact their businesses and their lives. The Farm Bill allocates hundreds of billions of … Continue reading

Immigration Reform 2013

From AgWeb.com, Jim Dickrell, Dairy Today Editor, 27 Feb 2012. After 2012 elections, reform might be possible The bad news, if it’s even news, is that national, comprehensive immigration reform isn’t going to happen this year. That was the consensus of a panel of experts at the Colorado Farm Show in Greeley last month. Participating … Continue reading

Washington Ag Leaders: Immigration Reform Vital for Economy

From Yakima-Herald.com, David Lester, 18 Feb 2012. ELLENSBURG — More Washington farmers are expected to turn to a federal foreign guest worker program out of concern that last fall’s labor shortage will only get worse in 2012, employer advocates say. And Washington’s agriculture director said he believes solving agriculture’s labor needs through comprehensive immigration reform … Continue reading

Thompson leads call to protect agriculture workforce

From LakeCoNews.com, Lake County News, 17 Feb 2012. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Thompson (CA-1) is leading a group of representatives in calling on President Obama to protect the U.S. agricultural workforce from a harmful “enforcement-only” approach to immigration reform. In a letter to the president, Thompson and his colleagues in the House wrote that … Continue reading

Summer Legal Internship – Farmworker Rights Division – Georgia Legal Services Program

From HSLOrgs.com, Harvard Immigration Project, 16 Feb 2012. The Farmworker Rights Division of Georgia Legal Services seeks law students to join our advocacy on behalf of migrant farmworkers. The Farmworker Rights Division provides free legal representation and community outreach and education to the workers who hand-harvest Georgia crops. Typical cases involve growers failing to pay … Continue reading

Farmers Still Fighting for Immigrant Guest-Worker Program

From McClatchyDC.com, Michael Doyle, 10 Feb 2012. WASHINGTON — California and Southern farmers renewed their case Thursday for some kind of an agricultural guest-worker program, but they’re sailing against the wind. Make that a hurricane. Buffeted by campaign-season currents and the inherent complications around immigration, the farmers this year face excruciatingly long odds as they … Continue reading

Regional Perspectives on Agricultural Guestworker Programs

From Judiciary.House.gov, Bruce Goldstein, 9 Feb 2012. Written Testimony of Bruce Goldstein, President, Farmworker Justice, before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement. Mr. Chairman and Members: Thank you for the opportunity to testify about proposals to address our nation’s broken immigration system and solutions to ensure a productive, fairly-treated farm labor force. For thirty … Continue reading

Ag Labor Shortage Likely to Continue

From AgJournalOnline.com, Candace Krebs, 7 Feb 2012. Greeley, Colo. —Tougher anti-immigration laws have slashed the available pool of farm labor, leading to worker shortages nationwide, millions of dollars in lost crops and increased urgency to reform the temporary worker visa program to make it more effective for agricultural employers, according to one official who represents … Continue reading

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