farm labor

Herbicide Cancer Risk
5:56 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Farmworkers Subject Of Concern After Roundup Cancer-Risk Report

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup that may be capable of causing cancer in humans
Credit Binsar Bakkara / Associated Press

An international report on the health risks of a commonly used herbicide is raising special concerns about farmworkers and cancer.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup. A study by the World Health Organization has found limited evidence that glyphosate is probably capable of causing cancer in humans.

Chuck Benbrook studies pesticides at Washington State University. He said the new report could be bad news for farmworkers.

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Immigration
6:40 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Farmworker Advocate Says Obama’s Move On Deportation Doesn’t Do Enough For Agricultural Workers

Rosalinda Guillen estimated the national number of farmworkers to be affected by President Obama's deportation change is about 250,000, but is unsure what it is for Washington state.
Credit Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

Rosalinda Guillen heads Community to Community Development, a group that advocates for farmworker rights. She said she doesn’t know how many of them in Washington state President Obama's deportation change will apply to, but nationally the estimate is about 250,000.

“We are really concerned about the number of farmworkers that will actually qualify under this executive action and then whether there’s going to be real relief so that the agricultural industry has what they’ve been asking for all along, quote unquote, a legal workforce,” Guillen said.

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Fruit Pickers and Cell Phones
7:06 am
Tue November 4, 2014

How Cell Phones Are Shaking Up The Farm Labor Market

At Seven Seas Farms in Outlook, Jose Ortega takes a call during his lunch break.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest News Network

When Eduardo Cruz awoke to the sounds of rain outside his home in Yakima on a recent morning, he didn’t have to wait long for a cell phone call from the orchard manager where he works picking apples, an hour away in Mattawa.

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Foreign Worker Visas
6:03 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Northwest Farmers Worried About Visa Backup For Legal Migrant Workers

A breakdown in a government computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

A breakdown in a government computer system that processes foreign worker visas has sowed major worries at some Northwest orchards. Those farmers are concerned about getting enough pickers for late summer and fall crops.

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