Regulations & Compliance

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Seasonal Farm-Worker Visa Program Frustrates Growers

From McClatchyDC.com, Sean Cockerham, 7 May 2012. As the summer growing season approaches, farmers across the county are experiencing widespread frustration over the federal H-2A visa program for seasonal agriculture workers.< In Idaho, farmers such as Jim Little of Emmett say they need immigrant workers from Latin America but that the government is making it … Continue reading

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

From FightBackNews.org, 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

Former Maine Egg Farm Worker Files Lawsuit

From WLBZ2.com, Ken Christian, 27 Apr 2012. AUBURN, Maine (AP) – A former employee at the former DeCoster Egg Farms in Turner, Maine, has filed a lawsuit claiming he wasn’t paid overtime wages while he worked there. In his complaint in Androscoggin County Superior Court, Leo Sierra Flores of Lewiston claims he regularly worked more … Continue reading

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

From SantaCruzSentinel.com, 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

Labor Department Statement on Withdrawal of Proposed Rule Dealing With Children Who Work in Agricultural Vocations

From DOL.gov, 26 Apr 2012. News Release WHD News Release: [04/26/2012] Contact Name: Joshua R. Lamont or Elizabeth Alexander Phone Number: (202) 693-4661 or x4675 Release Number: 12-0826-NAT WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations: … Continue reading

Farming Operation Accused of Cheating Workers

From MyDesert.com, Desert Sun Wire Services, 2 Apr 2012. RIVERSIDE — A commercial farming operation and four of its contractors face accusations of cheating Coachella Valley-area migrant workers of pay and failing to provide them with basic living amenities. Calandri SonRise Farms, headquartered in Lancaster, is being sued in federal court for alleged violations of … Continue reading

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

EPA Awards Grant To Help Farm Workers Reduce Pesticide Risks

From ENewsPF.com, 26 Jan 2012. Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–January 26, 2012.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Monday that it is providing a $25,000 grant to the Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agrícolas (CATA) to reduce exposure to pesticides for farm workers in southern New Jersey. CATA, a Latino-led nonprofit organization, will educate migrant farm workers throughout … Continue reading

Jensen Farms Fined for Substandard Housing

From ThePacker.com, Andy Nelson, 20 Jan 2012. The Colorado cantaloupe grower-shipper linked to the deadly 2011 listeria outbreak has been fined for housing migrant workers in substandard conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division fined Granada, Colo.-based Jensen Farms $4,250 for failing to meet safety and health requirements under the Migrant and … Continue reading

CA Accused of Improper OK to Strawberry Pesticide

From MercuryNews.com, 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

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