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Patterson Farm Worker Drives Tractor into Delta-Mondota Canal, Drowns

From News10.net, C. Johnson, 6 Sept 2011. PATTERSON, CA – A man seen driving a tractor on a road fronting the Delta-Mendota Canal in Patterson drove into the water Monday morning and didn’t resurface, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. The 10 a.m. incident was reported by a witness who described seeing the bobcat tractor … Continue reading

Former Tomato Grower Strikes Back Against “Tomatoland”

From WUSF.USF.com, Carson Cooper and Scott Finn, 28 Jun 2011. [Tampa, FL] — In winter, Florida provides virtually all of the fresh tomatoes in the U.S. But the new book “Tomatoland” says the industry mistreats its workers and depends on slave labor. Not so, says Florida tomato grower Jay Taylor. He says the book’s author … Continue reading

Man who Drowned in Finley was Illegally in U.S.

From TheNewsTribune.com, Paula Horton, Herald Staff Writer, 28 Jun 2011. A 35-year-old who drowned at Two Rivers Park in Finley last week officially has been identified by the Benton County Coroner’s Office. Friends at the park on Wednesday had said the man was Jose Mejia, but Coroner John Hansens said he had information last week … Continue reading

Commentary: Farm Bureau Takes Stock of Key Bills Affecting Agriculture

From CFBF.com, California Farm Bureau Federation, Rich Matteis, 8 Jun 2011. Last Friday marked a key deadline at the state Capitol. That was the day that any legislation introduced this year had to pass out of its house of origin or be trapped there at least until next year. Sometimes, legislation fails to pass out … Continue reading

New Software Offers Potential for Remote Weeding; Local Robotics Get Federal Nod

From MontereyCountyWeekly.com, Sara Rubin, 2 Jun 2011. iFarming Meet Field [Monterey County, CA] — A new imaging machine might not look like a robot to those acquainted with cyborgs or cylons, but a patent-pending technology made its Salinas debut last week with a demonstration that promises to cut the labor costs of thinning and weeding … Continue reading

Editorial: Card Check No Friend of Farmworkers

From TheCalifornian.com, “Editorial: Card check no friend of farmworkers” 18 May 2011. [CA] — On Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk is a bill that will change the way farm workers in California decide whether they want union representation. Given Brown’s pro-union history and fierce support for the rights of farmworkers, he is likely to sign into … Continue reading

Navy Considers Naming Ship after Cesar Chavez

From SanLuisObispo.com, The Tribune, The Associated Press, 16 May 2011. James Gill, a spokesman for General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, said Monday the company suggested the name to honor its mostly Hispanic work force and the mostly Hispanic neighborhood, Barrio Logan, where the boat builder is located. The other 13 cargo ships built by … Continue reading

Editorial: Obama’s Immigration Talk Lacks Crucial Element — Action

From DallasNews.com, 11 May 2011. We’ve heard the right words before from leading Republicans as well as Democrats, including presidents from both parties: Congress must stop delaying and enact comprehensive immigration reform. And yet these tough-talking politicians predictably lose their intestinal fortitude as each new election cycle looms. Political expediency takes over, and other pressing business provides a convenient distraction. … Continue reading

Reynolds’ Farm Worker Concessions Show Evolution of Handling Conflict

From JournalNow.com, The Winston-Salem Journal, Richard Craver, 8 May 2011. The annual shareholders meeting for Reynolds American Inc. serves as the intersection where capitalism and society meet, and often collide, for the company. Groups protesting Reynolds’ policies typically buy shares to be able to speak to management. As Reynolds evolves into becoming “a total tobacco company,” the … Continue reading

Migrants Face Danger from Mexican Cartels

From CatholicSentinel.org, Catholic News Service, 5 May 2011. SALTILLO, Mexico — Migrant worker Carlos Vasquez’s journey through Mexico to find work in the United States has posed one danger after another. The Honduran was robbed and assaulted almost immediately after crossing into Mexico from Guatemala. Not long after, he was hauled away at gunpoint from … Continue reading

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