Labor

Contributing Editor Looks To Plow Fields — With A Pencil

I worked at a tool and equipment rental company for four summers during college and grad school. I could tell customers how to sand their floors, lay concrete or hydro seed a lawn, but I... more »

Santa Could Have Been a Farmer

Santa's ingenuity, integrity and contribution to society would suggest he might be a farmer in his off-months, or at the very least a reindeer rancher. Here are a few clues (from an unknown author) that... more »

Community Gathers At Terhune Orchards

When Pam and Gary Mount bought Terhune Orchards in 1975, they weren't just looking to run a farm. They wanted to create a community gathering place, and they seem to have succeeded. More than 500,000... more »

Flood of Immigrants Leads to Flood of Information

Ever feel flooded with too much information? Lost in a forest of statistics? You must be covering the national immigration debate. I feel your pain. I've been covering the debate for more than a year,... more »

Ontario Grower Brings Ingenuity to Brussels Sprouts

From the road, it's an idyllic setting. Rows of bright green Brussels sprouts stretch a full mile across this level field in Southwestern Ontario. The colors and coolness of fall surround them. In the distance,... more »

Farm’s Switch To Vegetables Changes 250-year Tradition

The national bicentennial farm has been in the family since 1756. Until the 1980s, it primarily produced tobacco, soybeans and corn. At that time, the Holden brothers diversified from tobacco and planted an initial three-acre... more »

Wappel Farms Thrives on Mint

Mint farming is a tricky business that involves specialized equipment, efforts to thwart soil disease and the constant threat of imports decreasing demand for American-grown mint, but Larry Wappel of San Pierre, Ind., has mastered... more »

Growers Face Farm Labor Shortage

Michigan takes steps to attract farm workers for apple, asparagus harvests. South Bend Tribune more »

Fresh Vegetable Harvested Acreage Up 2 Percent

The prospective area for harvest of 11 selected fresh-market vegetables during the winter quarter is forecast at 183,900 acres, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This is 2 percent above 2005 and 3 percent... more »

Florida Tomato Pickers, Taco Bell Reach Agreement

In what they called a precedent-setting move, fast-food industry leader Taco Bell Corp., a division of Yum! Brands, agreed to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) – a farm worker organization – to... more »


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