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Immigration stalls as opportunities wane on U.S.-Mexican border

As the economy boomed in the mid- 2000s, many immigrants in southern California's border country spurned field work in favor of construction and food-service jobs. Then they stopped coming to U.S. farms altogether. BloombergClick here... more »

Some Alabama farmers cut back crops, citing crackdown

Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on... more »

Pasco farmer abandons asparagus field

The once-closed tips of the thigh-high asparagus spears have ferned out.The giant stems cover a 100-acre field that Larsen Farms of Pasco stopped harvesting about a week ago because they -- along with other Tri-City... more »

Labor department scraps child worker rule

The U.S. Department of Labor issued the following statement today, regarding the withdrawal of a proposed rule dealing with children who work in agricultural vocations:"The Obama administration is firmly committed to promoting family farmers and... more »

Michigan Appeals court upholds migrant worker’s conviction in killing of farmer

The Michigan state Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of farm worker Socorro Hurtado-Garcia in the Feb. 5, 2010, killing of his boss, Ed Rasch.Hurtado-Garcia, 59, who worked for Rasch more than... more »

Returning vets to get agriculture training

The unemployment ratio of returning veterans is higher than the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Currently it stands around 12 percent. Enter AgWarriors.Based in Tulare, Calif., the organization is committed to... more »

Virginia farm focuses on fall entertainment

Fall is prime time for Belvedere Plantation.The Fulks family, which runs the Fredericksburg, Va., farm and agritourism enterprise, spends all winter, spring and summer preparing for the busy season - when about 50,000 people visit... more »

Early warm weather worries growers

States across the Midwest and East Coast were experiencing warmer-than-normal temperatures earlier this year. In March alone, average temperatures were 15˚ F to 20˚ F higher than normal, according to The Weather Channel.History in the... more »

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