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California Farm Labor Shortage 'Worst It's Been, Ever'

Posted on 8/22/2012 by in labor

There's a different sort of drought plaguing California, the nation's largest farm state. It's $38 billion agricultural sector is facing a scarcity of labor. "This year is the worst it's been, ever," said Craig Underwood, who farms everything from strawberries to lemons to peppers, carrots, and turnips in Ventura County.

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Farm Bill Nears Vote This Week

Posted on 7/30/2012 by Chris Heiss in 2012 Farm Bill

House GOP leaders are readying a one-year extension of farm and nutrition programs that includes disaster aid for drought-affected farmers, lawmakers said Thursday.

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Bill Clarifies Transportation Laws For Ag Products

Posted on 7/12/2012 by Chris Heiss in Transportation

Following passage by the U.S. House and Senata, President Obama recently signed off on H.R. 4348, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The bill includes reauthorization of surface transportation programs, an extension of reduced student loan rates and a reauthorization of the flood insurance program.

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Be Prepared For Drought Stories In The Media

Posted on 7/12/2012 by Chris Heiss in Drought

With drought affecting more than half of the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has named more than 1,000 counties in 26 states as natural-disaster areas, the largest such declaration ever.

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Record Settlement Reached In H-2A Case

Posted on 7/12/2012 by Chris Heiss in H-2A Workers

Peri & Sons, a Nevada-based onion grower, has agreed to pay a record total of $2.3 million in back wages to 1,365 workers, along with a civil penalty of $500,000 for violations under the H-2A program.

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