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

From, 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

As We See It: Search for Alternative to Methyl Bromide Continues Unabated

From, 27 April 2012. It’s a sad irony that for years growing a healthy strawberry conventionally has required methyl bromide, a chemical so harmful it has been banned by international treaty because it is destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. Another dose of irony: The soil fumigant at first favored to replace methyl bromide, methyl … Continue reading

N.C. Cooperative Extension, N.C. Farm Bureau Team Present Pesticide Safety Workshops

From, Julia Storm, 13 Feb 2012. Media Contact: Julia Storm, 919.515.7961 or N.C. Cooperative Extension and the N.C. Farm Bureau Safety Team are partnering to help growers train Spanish-speaking farm workers on pesticide safety. Six upcoming workshops offered across North Carolina will prepare growers to use the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit, a resource based … Continue reading

Ag Officials Will Revamp Migrant Worker Policy

From, Associated Press, 4 Feb 2012. BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry has agreed to help migrant workers with limited English language skills understand rights and protections. The deal is part of a larger agreement reached in December with the Environmental Protection Agency that arose after some workers said they … Continue reading

CA Accused of Improper OK to Strawberry Pesticide

From, Associated Press, 13 Jan 2012. FRESNO, Calif.—Environmental groups say state regulators ignored science and broke public health laws when they approved a controversial pesticide for strawberry fields. Lawyers for a coalition of pesticide reform and farmworker groups argued Thursday that officials favored the input of the chemical’s manufacturer, Arysta LifeScience, over scientists’ recommendations. … Continue reading

Program Teaches Farm Labor Contractors How to Avoid Problems

From The, 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

After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security

From HawaiiReporter, “After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security” by by Jim Dooley and Malia Zimmerman, 16 Dec 2011. The Hawaii state Department of Agriculture will inspect a Kahuku farm where undocumented workers from Laos said they were sickened by exposure to toxic pesticides. “Our enforcement field inspector has … Continue reading

Current: Farmworker Advocates Hope Senate Report Will Help Apopka Residents

From, Ashley Lopez, 16 Dec 2011. The Florida Current reports that advocates are hoping a new state Senate report will lead to help for the struggling Apopka community. According to the Current, “a Farmworker Association of Florida representative says she hopes a Senate interim report [.pdf] on the plight of Lake Apopka farmworkers will lead the state to help … Continue reading

NIOSH Fact Sheet Highlights Pesticide Poisoning Monitoring Program

From, 12 Dec 2011. A variety of occupations such as agricultural workers, groundskeepers, pet groomers, and fumigators are at risk for exposure to pesticides including fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fumigants, and sanitizers. Among the estimated two million agricultural workers in the United States, physicians diagnose 10,000 to 20,000 pesticide poisonings each year. The National … Continue reading

Florida Farmworkers Urge EPA to Tighten Control of Pesticides

From, John Lantigua, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, 6 Dec 2011. Jeannie Economos of the Farmworker Association of Florida recalls a woman who walked into her office recently. “Her face was swollen and her eyes were almost shut,” says Economos, who is based in the Central Florida farm town of Apopka. “She works in … Continue reading

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