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April 2013, Volume 19, Number 2

RURAL AMERICA

California: Jobs, Waste, Housing
California's labor force was 18.5 million in December 2012, including 16.7 million employed workers and 1.8 million unemployed workers. The

Meatpacking, Poultry
High prices for major crops such as corn and wheat have boosted land values, stimulated equipment purchases, and encouraged migration to Midwestern

Poverty, Health
The USDA-administered Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps) expanded during the 2008-09 recession, and 46 million US residents

FARM WORKERS

California: Safety, Raisins
Lodi-based Vino Farms, a vineyard management company, agreed in January 2013 to pay $200,000, including $100,000 to the victim's family, for removing

Florida Tomatoes, Southeast
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) continues to press supermarkets such as Lakeland, Florida-based Publix to support its Fair Food Code of

Midwest, Northeast, Northwest
Wisconsin. John Rosenow of the Rosenholm-Wolfe Dairy employs 20 workers to milk 550 cows, farm 1,100 acres, and operate a composting business. Eight

UFW, ALRB, Unions
Cesar Chavez died in 1993, and there were marches around California to celebrate Chavez's March 31 birthday. Google featured Chavez on its "doodle"

Training: WIA, NFJP
President Obama nominated Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, to be

 
IMMIGRATION

Immigration Reform: Senate
On January 28, 2013, a bipartisan group of eight senators released four "principles" to guide comprehensive immigration reform. They included a

Immigration Reform: Agriculture
The bipartisan Senate immigration reform proposal is expected to include a legalization program for unauthorized farm workers and changes to the

Guest Workers: H-2A; H-2B
The Wall Street Journal on March 11, 2013 reported on negotiations to revamp the H-2A and H-2B programs, both of which allow US employers unable to

Canada, South Africa, ANZ
Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) admitted 16,000 Mexican and 8,000 Caribbean farm workers in 2012 to fill seasonal jobs on farms

OTHER

California: Commodities, Water
The value of two billion pounds of California almonds, almost $3.9 billion in 2011, surpassed the value of table, wine and raisin grapes worth just

US: Sales, Ethanol
US farm sales in 2012 reached $380 billion, including $210 billion in crop sales (55 percent) and $170 billion in livestock sales. The net income of

Wine, Food
US wine sales reached almost 365 million cases in 2012, but a record 35 percent of the wine sold in the US was imported. California's share of US

Global: Population, Urbanization
The UN projects the global population to increase from 2.5 billion in 1950, and 6.9 billion in 2010, to 9.3 billion in 2050 if fertility declines

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