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April 2018, Volume 24, Number 2

Rural America

US Sues California
The California Values Act (SB 54), which went into effect January 1, 2018, restricts cooperation between state and local police and DHS's Immigration

Meat and Migrants
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided meatpacker Southeastern Provision in Bean Station, Tennessee in April 2018 and arrested 97

Labor, H-1B
The US added 313,000 jobs in February 2018, but only 103,000 in March 2018; the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent after 90 consecutive months of job

Farm Workers

California: ICE, T&A
In the winter of 2018, ICE agents conducted sweeps around California seeking particular unauthorized foreigners, and arrested 232 unauthorized

Florida, Southeast
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) continues to battle fast-food chain Wendy's, which has not joined the CIW's Fast Food Program. The FFP

Midwest, Northwest, Northeast
Wisconsin. Fewer than five percent of the nine million US dairy cows are now milked by robots, but in 2019 the share may rise to 25 percent. Walk-up

UFW, ALRB, Unions
The UFW reported 9,555 members at the end of 2016, up from 8,300 in 2015 but down from a peak 10,300 in 2013. For many years, the UFW reported about


DACA, Immigration
President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that included $1.6 billion for the border wall but did not deal with the Deferred Action

DHS: Border, Interior
President Trump's proposed budget for FY19 includes $47.5 billion for DHS for "strengthening border security, ensuring enforcement of immigration

Goodlatte H-2C; H-2B
Over 15,000 California farm jobs were certified to be filled with H-2A workers in FY17; the number of certifications is expected to top 20,000 in

Nafta, Canada, Mexico
The sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation talks concluded in Montreal in January 2018 with Canada and Mexico rejecting US

Europe's Migrants
Some 707,000 foreigners applied for asylum in the EU in 2017, down from 1.2 million in 2016 and 1.4 million in 2015. Germany received 187,000 asylum

GCM, Data, IOM
The UN General Assembly in September 2016 proposed a Global Compact for "Safe, Orderly, and Regular" Migration (GCM). The goal is to have world


California Agriculture
California's farm sales were $46 billion in 2016, down from $49 billion in 2015. Iowa was the number two farm state, with farm sales of $27 billion.

US Ag: Farms
Falling prices for corn, wheat and other commodities reduced net farm income to $66 billion in 2018, a sharp drop from the record $115 billion in

Trade Wars?
The world's economy expanded by three percent in 2017, and is projected to expand by almost four percent in 2018. Before the 2008-09 financial

Wine, Food
California crushed 4.2 million tons of wine grapes in 2017, the same as 2016, including 2.2 million tons of red and 1.8 million tons of white

Climate Change
UN secretary general Antonio Guterres in March 2018 called climate change "the most systemic threat to humankind" and urged world leaders to do more

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