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Immigration laws bring challenges to Arizona farmers

Posted on 9/21/2012 by in Immigration

With harvest season for many crops approaching, farms in Arizona need workers to help bring the crops in. But that help is getting harder to find, farmers say, as patchwork immigration laws and federal visa issues often get in the way.

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One-Year Extension of Farm Bill Looking Likely

Posted on 9/10/2012 by in 2012 Farm Bill

CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS By Ellyn Ferguson, CQ Staff Forty-six groups armed with speeches and “Farm Bill Now” buttons plan to lay out the case this week for Congress to pass a five-year reauthorization before the current law expires Sept. 30.

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“Show me your papers” provision upheld in Atlanta

Posted on 8/29/2012 by in Immigration

Source: Delta Farm Press 8/22/2012

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California Farm Labor Shortage 'Worst It's Been, Ever'

Posted on 8/22/2012 by in labor

There's a different sort of drought plaguing California, the nation's largest farm state. It's $38 billion agricultural sector is facing a scarcity of labor. "This year is the worst it's been, ever," said Craig Underwood, who farms everything from strawberries to lemons to peppers, carrots, and turnips in Ventura County.

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Farm Bill Nears Vote This Week

Posted on 7/30/2012 by Chris Heiss in 2012 Farm Bill

House GOP leaders are readying a one-year extension of farm and nutrition programs that includes disaster aid for drought-affected farmers, lawmakers said Thursday.

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