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April 2010, Volume 16, Number 2

Rural America

California: Water, Jobs, Budget
The major California farm story in 2009 was lack of water. Farmers in the Westlands Water District on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley

Midwest: Meat and Migrants
Swift-Grand Island. Meatpackers can change the composition of the population in the relatively small towns where they have plants by recruiting

Food Stamps, Welfare, Health Reform
Rural areas generally fared better than metro areas during the 2008-09 recession, losing a smaller share of jobs except in the

Farm Workers

California: EEOC, Hours, Wages
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January 2010 charged Giumarra Vineyards with allowing a 17-year old worker to be sexually harassed;

Florida: CIW, Oranges, Sugar
Tomatoes. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has targeted buyers of Florida tomatoes since the early 1990s, trying to persuade them to require

Midwest, Northeast, Northwest
Michigan. The Michigan Civil Rights Commission issued a 102-page report in March 2010 laying out examples of bad farm worker housing, discrimination

Cesar Chavez Day was celebrated March 31; Chavez died in 1993. President Obama issued a proclamation that said: "Applying the principles of

California Farm Worker Data
The most timely employer-reported data on farm workers are collected from farm employers who report employment and earnings information that is


Immigration Reform: AgJOBS
AgJOBS. Most farm employers and worker advocates support enactment of the Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits and Security Act or AgJOBS, which

H-2A: Old Rules, Reactions, Cases
DOL on February 12, 2010 issued a final H-2A rule effective March 15, 2010 that reinstates the 1987-2009 rules, with a few twists. The H-2 program

H-2B: Program, Cases
The Center for Immigration Studies issued a report on the H-2B program in February 2010 that emphasized rapid growth in the number of visas issued,

DHS: Border, Interior, Services
Mexico-US Border. The US is continuing to build fences to deter migrants and vehicles on the Mexico-US border; about 650 miles of fencing along the

Canada, UK, Australia
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Canada's largest private sector union with 250,000 members, was certified to represent 70 Mexican


We are pleased to announce that there is room for more participants in the Immigration Reform and Agriculture conference to be held May 27-28, 2010 in Washington DC. Speakers will assess current immigration patterns and the outlook for immigration reform
Participation is by invitation only? if you would like to participate, please contact Philip Martin at: [email][/email] BEFORE May 1,

California: 2008 Sales, Dairy, SK Foods
California's farm sales were $36 billion in 2008, about the same as 2007. Iowa was the number two farm state with sales of $25 billion in 2008;

US, Europe
US farm income, in 2005 dollars, was $52 billion in 2009, down from $80 billion in 2008. A record crop of soybeans and the second-largest crop of

Wine Prices, Local Food
The California wine crush in 2009 was 3.7 million tons, up from three million tons in 2008 and the largest since the record 3.8 million tons of 2005.

Climate Change, Agriculture, Migration
Leaders and representatives of 193 nations met for 10 days in Copenhagen in December 2009 to update a 1992 agreement to reduce greenhouse gas

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