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Why it's the "nonfarm" payrolls report

by Mitchell Hartman May 1, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report doesn't count jobs down on the farm. We explain why.
Farmworkers pull weeds in a spinach field near El Centro, California, in January.
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E-Verify could make it even harder for farmers and construction companies to find workers

by Andy Uhler Sep 28, 2018
A bill in Congress would require all employers to use the government’s E-Verify system.
Mexican migrant workers harvest organic parsley at Grant Family Farms on October 11, 2011 in Wellington, Colorado. 
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Heat exposure can be deadly for farm workers. Now, advocates are asking the feds to step in

by Eilís O'Neill Sep 18, 2018
Over the past three decades, about 800 workers have died from heat exposure; almost one in five worked in agriculture.
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Mushroom farmers dependent on immigrant labor fear worker shortage

by Marketplace Contributor Jun 13, 2017
Growers say fears of immigration enforcement under Trump may already be hitting their bottom line.
A bed of white agaricus mushrooms, commonly known as button mushrooms, at Pietro Industries in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Laura Benshoff

Farm workers face shortage of decent, affordable homes

by Kristofor Husted Feb 4, 2016
About three-quarters of hired crop workers work within 75 miles from home.
Former migrant farmworker Angel Castro stands in front of a trailer where he used to live, in a neighborhood that still houses many immigrant farmworkers.
Kristofor Husted

Cellphones bring new leverage for farm workers

by Rowan Moore Gerety Dec 18, 2014
Workers in Washington state apple orchards use phones to find best-paying jobs.

Farmers, unions balance economic interests for immigration deal

by Marketplace Contributor Apr 15, 2013
Farmers hope the proposal to expand farm worker visas will stabilize their labor supply. Unions focus on making sure the deal protects workers and their wages.

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