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Labor in Mexico's Fruit and Vegetables Export Sector

August 16, 2018

About half of US fresh fruit (53 percent in 2017) and almost a third of US fresh vegetables (31 percent in 2017) are imported. Mexico supplied 48 percent of the imported fresh fruit and 68 percent of the imported fresh vegetables in 2017.

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Agroparks and Mexican FVH Exports

August 16, 2018

About half of US fresh fruit (53 percent in 2017) and almost a third of US fresh vegetables (31 percent in 2017) are imported. Mexico supplied 48 percent of the imported fresh fruit and 68 percent of the imported fresh vegetables in 2017. The US imported $11.6 billion worth of fresh produce from Mexico in 2017, including 53 percent fruit and 47 percent vegetables.

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French Agriculture

August 16, 2018

France has the largest agricultural sector in the EU, producing farm commodities worth E70 billion in 2016, a sixth of the EU’s farm sales of E405 billion. The next leading farm countries were Italy and Germany, with farm sales of E53 billion each, followed by Spain E47 billion, and the UK and the Netherlands, E27 billion each.

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Whither California?

August 16, 2018

California has an eighth of Americans and state GDP of $2.7 trillion, making its economy equivalent to the world»s fifth largest, after the US, China, Japan, and Germany. California attracts risk takers who have developed agriculture, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and its future orientation prompted Poet Richard Armour to write that "What California is today, the rest will be tomorrow."

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California's Wildfires

August 16, 2018

California is having its worst fire season in a decade: 16 major fires were being fought by 14,000 firefighters in August 2018. The Mendocino Complex fire near Clear Lake was the largest in the state’s history, surpassing the 282,000 acres that burned in the Thomas Fire in Ventura county in 2017. The Carr fire near Redding generated a whirl or fire tornado with winds of over 140 miles per hour that wrapped fences around tree stumps.

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California Farm Workers: FTE and Average Earnings in 2016

July 9, 2018

Almost a million workers, over five percent of California's workers, were employed for wages in agriculture in 2016, a sector that accounted for less than two percent of the state's GDP. Despite fears of labor shortages, the number of hired farm workers has been rising, not falling.

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Trump and Migration after 500 Days

July 9, 2018

President Trump took office January 20, 2017 and issued three executive orders during his first week: to step up border and interior enforcement of immigration laws and to bar the entry of persons from particular countries and reduce refugee admissions. The border and interior enforcement orders are being implemented, the number of refugees has been reduced below 50,000 a year, and the US Supreme Court in June 2018 upheld the President's authority to bar citizens of particular countries who may pose security risks.

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Europe's Summer 2018 Migration Crisis

July 9, 2018

The EU 28 member states granted asylum to 538,000 foreigners in 2017. Two thirds were Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, and 60 percent of those recognized as refugees were in Germany.

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Mexicans Elect President AMLO

July 9, 2018

Mexicans went to the polls July 1, 2018, selecting candidates for 3,400 federal, state, and local offices, from President to mayor. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador or AMLO and his Movement for National Regeneration or Morena won 53 percent of the vote for president with a vow to reduce corruption and help Mexico's poor.

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Agricultural Guestworker Act (HR 4092)

July 9, 2018

Rep Bob Goodlatte's Agricultural Guestworker Act (HR 4092), approved by the House Judiciary Committee in October 2017, aims to give farmers easier access to guest workers. Goodlatte revised HR 4092 in 2018, and won the endorsement of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Goodlatte, who was an immigration lawyer in Roanoke, Virginia before being elected to Congress in 1992, is retiring in 2018.

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