U.S. Dept. of Labor fines Jensen Farms owner

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has fined cantaloupe grower Eric Jensen, who owns and operates Jensen Farms in Holly.Jensen has been fined $4,250 in civil money penalties for failing to provide... more »

Drip irrigation frees up more land for Idaho growers

Onion growers are continuing to increase their reliance on drip irrigation in southwest Idaho, according to Mike Thornton, the superintendent of the Southwest Idaho Research and Extension Center in Parma.Thornton estimates that about 30 percent... more »

Georgia ag chief: Congress must fix immigration system

Congress must make a national guest-worker program that's easier for farmers to use now that states, including Georgia, have passed laws targeting illegal immigrants that threaten possible labor shortages in the fields, Georgia's agriculture commissioner... more »

Georgia survey finds farmers are having hard time replacing migrant workers

A study by the Georgia Agriculture Department of the state farm workforce shows that finding legal employees with the skill and desire to do labor-intensive harvesting is extremely difficult.Read more: more »

For one Alabama farmer, workers are still scarce

Earlier this year, Alabama passed a tough immigration law that prompted thousands of migrant workers to flee the state.Shortly after, NPR spoke with Jamie Boatwright, a fourth-generation tomato farmer in Steele, Ala. When the law... more »

Set yourself up for succession success

About a decade ago, Russell Costanza's son and daughter both decided they wanted to inherit the family farm. Their decision spurred Costanza to do something he'd been thinking about for years but hadn't gotten around... more »

Plan ahead before planting crops on marginal land

A fairly common situation involves a landowner wishing to establish crops on unprepared, marginal land. Owner goals vary widely, and often include producing food crops for local sales, home gardening or establishing wildlife food plots.... more »

Prison labor works for Colorado growers

With talk of farm-labor shortages across the country, can prisoners fill in the gap?Earlier this year, officials in Georgia and Alabama suggested using prison labor to replace missing migrant workers, but in Georgia at least,... more »

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