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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

Bienestar Will Build New Housing for Farmworkers in Forest Grove

From OregonLive.com, Dana Tims, The Oregonian , 27 Feb 2012. FOREST GROVE — A continued downturn in the region’s housing market is producing an unexpected upside in the form of 24 new apartments dedicated for farmworkers. Officials at Bienestar, a nonprofit organization based in Hillsboro, held a groundbreaking ceremony today for Juniper Gardens, a $5 million project … Continue reading

Office of Advocacy and Outreach Launches New Website!

From SustainableAgricuture.net, 27 Jan 2012. This week, USDA’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach launched their website located at www.outreach.usda.gov. The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) was established in the 2008 Farm Bill in order to increase access to USDA programs and to improve the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches, beginning farmers and ranchers, … 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

Homestead Farm Workers Discuss their Evictions with Lawyers

From MiamiHerald.com, Christina Veiga, CVEIGA@MIAMIHERALD.COM, 6 Jan 2012. After tense meetings Thursday, pro-bono attorneys are researching whether Homestead Housing Authority tenants may have been improperly evicted. Pro-bono attorneys are evaluating whether to take on cases from tenants evicted, or soon-to-be evicted, from Homestead Housing Authority apartments for farm workers. Representatives from Florida Legal Services and … Continue reading

More Young People See Opportunity in Farming

From Boston.com, Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press, 21 Dec 2011. MILWAUKEE, WI —A Wisconsin factory worker worried about layoffs became a dairy farmer. An employee at a Minnesota nonprofit found an escape from her cubicle by buying a vegetable farm. A nuclear engineer tired of office bureaucracy decided to get into cattle ranching in Texas. While … Continue reading

USDA Industry Advisory Group Tackles Range of Issues at Two-Day Meeting

From TheProduceNews.com, “USDA industry advisory group tackles range of issues at two-day meeting” by Joan Murphy, 9 Mar 2011. ARLINGTON, VA — Health care reform, agricultural labor shortfalls and produce safety regulations were just some of the items on produce industry’s agenda at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fruit & Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee meeting … Continue reading

Ceres Man Making Most of Educational Opportunities

From ModBee.com, The Modesto Bee, “Ceres man making most of educational opportunities” by John Holland, 3 Mar 2011. Juan Vazquez remembers hot days in early childhood when he kept asking his farmworker parents if he could help them harvest onions. “They allowed me to help briefly,” the Ceres resident wrote in an essay. “I was only … Continue reading

Hired Workers Up 1 Percent, Wage Rates Up 2 Percent From a Year Ago

From the Farm Labor report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 17 Feb 2011. There were 807,000 hired workers on the Nation’s farms and ranches during the week of January 9-15, 2011, up 1 percent from a year ago. Of these hired workers, 602,000 were hired … Continue reading

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