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October 2012, Volume 18, Number 4

RURAL AMERICA

California: Environment, Jobs, Housing
Environment. The Great Valley Center released a report on the air, land and water in the San Joaquin Valley in July 2012 that emphasized the need to

Meat, Dalton, Siler City
An average 486,000 workers were employed in 4,000 animal slaughtering and processing (NAICS 3116) establishments in 2011, down from 503,000 in 4,100

Poverty: 2011, TANF
Poverty. Some 46.2 million people, 15 percent of US residents, had incomes below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four in 2011, down from

FARM WORKERS

California: Heat Bills, QCEW, FELS
Heat. Since 2005, when there were four farm worker deaths linked to heat-stress and California adopted heat-stress regulations, there have been a

Florida, Southeast
Florida. Tomato grower DiMare Fresh in July 2012 agreed to pay $150,000 to settle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit that alleged its

Midwest, Northeast, Northwest
Arizona. Yuma, a city of 93,000 on the Mexican border, had the highest unemployment rate among US metro areas in May 2012, 29 percent, reflecting

UFW, ALRB, Unions, DOL
UFW. Pacific Triple E, a tomato grower in Tracy, signed a three-year agreement with the UFW on May 22, 2012 covering a peak 800 workers. The UFW was

 
IMMIGRATION

Labor Shortages, Congress
California farmers reported labor shortages in summer and fall 2012. FLC Brad Goehring in San Joaquin county said 2012 is "the worst year that I've

H-2A, H-2B, Braceros
The US admits about 200,000 foreign workers with H-visas each year. In 2010, the US Department of State issued 55,900 H-2A visas, 47,400 H-2B visas,

Canada, ANZ
TFWP. The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) allows Canadian farm employers to hire workers from the Caribbean and Mexico for up to eight

OTHER

Food Spending: 2010
The US Bureau of Labor Statistic's Consumer Expenditure Survey reported 122 million "consumer units" in 2011. They had an average of 2.5 persons,

California: Sales 2011, Commodities, Water
California farm sales were $43.5 billion in 2011, up from $38 billion in 2010 and $34 billion in 2009. The leading commodity was milk, worth $7.7

US: Drought, Farm Bill, ARMS
Drought. July 2012 was the hottest month on record in the US. A third of the 3,100 US counties in 29 states had too little rain in summer 2012,

Wine, Food
US wine sales were almost 30 million hectoliters or 785 million gallons in 2011 (there are five 750 ml bottles in a gallon). Gallup conducts an

Global: Population, Hunger
The world's population, according to the UN, reached seven billion on October 31, 2011. The annual growth of the world's population, about 1.1

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