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July 2014, Volume 20, Number 3

Rural America

California: Drought and Jobs
The lack of water to grow crops dominated farm-related news in the San Joaquin Valley during the spring and summer of 2014. The federal Central

Meat and Migrants
New York Times reporter Damien Cave traveled from sorth to north on Interstate 35 during May and June 2014, the so-called NAFTA Superhighway.

Counties, SNAP
Analysis of county-level data on six equally weighted indicators, education (percentage of residents with at least a bachelor's degree), median

Farm Workers

California: Labor, Wages, Food
Labor. The number of newly arrived Mexican-born workers has been decreasing, and agriculture has been one of the first industries to feel the

Florida, Southeast
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, which began in southwestern Florida in 1993, was profiled by the New York Times on April 25, 2014. The article

Oregon, Washington
Oregon. Berry producers Pan-American Berry Growers of Salem and B&G Ditchen Farms of Silverton in June 2012 agreed to pay $200,000 in back wages to

Midwest, Northeast
Indiana. Texas-based migrant workers employed at Pioneer Hi-Bred (DuPont Pioneer) corn seed farms sued Pioneer and its recruiter, Yolanda and Abel

UFW, ALRB, Unions
The UFW's LM-2 reported 9,100 collective bargaining members at the end of 2013, up from 3,300 at the end of 2012. UFW assets rose from $3 million at

Mechanization, WIA, WHD
WinterGreen Research projects that spending on agricultural robots will rise from $817 million in 2013 to $16 billion in 2020. California-based Blue


Immigration Reform
Immigration made headlines during the spring and summer of 2014. President Obama and migrant activists pressed House Republicans to enact an

H-2A Global; H-2B
f The H-2A program allows US farm employers anticipating labor shortages to request certification from DOL that they need foreign workers. In FY13,

Canada, UK
The Canadian government announced significant changes to its Temporary Foreign Worker Programs in June 2014, but did not change the Seasonal


COA: US and CA Agriculture
The Census of Agriculture, conducted in years ending in 2 and 7, reported that there were 2.1 million US farms with farm sales of $395 billion in

Europe: Farms and Workers
The EU-28 member states had the equivalent of 10.3 million workers aged 15 to 64 working in agriculture in 2010; another 1.1 million workers over 65

Wine, Food
World wine consumption was stable at 240 million hectoliters in 2013 (one hectoliter is 26.4 gallons). Global consumption peaked at 250 million

Climate Change
President Obama on June 2, 2014 proposed new regulations under the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases at power plants, which emit

Fair Trade, Aid, Cities
Paul Rice, CEO of Fair Trade USA, wants to expand the movement that sets standards for farmers in supply chains from coffee to other foods and items.

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