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April 2008, Volume 14, Number 2
Federal MSFW Assistance Programs, FY08 Appropriations
Federal appropriations for 12 migrant and seasonal farm worker (MSFW) programs were over $1.1 billion in FY08, five percent of the $22 billion in labor expenditures reported by farmers in the 2002 Census of Agriculture.
About 88 percent of MSFW funds went to the "Big 4" programs. A third of MSFW funds went to the Migrant Education Program and almost a third to Migrant Head Start, followed by $167 million for Migrant Health and $80 million for job training. Other MSFW programs include the migrant women, infants and children (WIC) program, $54 million; USDA Section 514/516 housing loans and grants, $18 million; the high-school equivalency program (HEP), $18 million; emergency grants for MSFWs, $16 million; the college assistance migrant program (CAMP), $15 million; migrant legal services, $10 million; and migrant even start, $3 million. Some MSFWs are also eligible for services for low-income US residents.