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Pesticides are often sprayed on Northwest crops like apples, grapes and cherries. And those toxic chemicals can pose major health risks to people who work in the fields. The Environmental Protection Agency announced new rules Monday to protect farm workers from pesticides.

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The Washington State Supreme Court dealt a victory to farmworkers today in a closely watched case governing pay for rest breaks. The unanimous ruling covers pay for “piecework”—that is, when you’re paid by the task, like picking a pound of fruit, instead of by the hour.

NW Farmers Anxiously Await Overdue Guest Workers

Jun 30, 2015
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hundreds of farm workers from Mexico are now making their way to the Northwest, after a major delay. A computer glitch crippled the U.S. visa system. Including a guest worker program that Northwest farmers increasingly rely on.

Buses sat on the U.S. side of the Tijuana border, ready to shuttle workers north. Workers sat at hotels, waiting for a final stamp on their visa. They’d already waited two weeks. But finally, on Tuesday, it looked like all systems were go. And hundreds of seasonal workers will arrive at Washington farms this week.