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NPR has a terrific series going on to start 2014 looking at the effects of the North American Free Trade Agreement 20 years after it took effect. How the free trade pact affected labor, immigration, wages, the environment, and much more. All the...
Want to watch celebrities milk a cow? Sample the excitement as media personalities concoct the tastiest milkshake? You can witness a calve being born, see the butter sculpture contest, watch the dairy day parade, and then wash it all down with a 25...
Need work? Got skills? Willing to try life in Canada? Well, Canada’s federal government has opened a skilled labor program for  “…to 24 eligible occupations, in addition to applicants with a qualifying job offer or those...
The dairy lobby is flexing its legislative muscles this week with some progress on a couple fronts. Today, Governor Cuomo came through on a promise he made at the Yogurt Summit last summer to raise the threshold when strict environmental rules...
Plenty of White House budget analysis in the news today. On the agriculture side of things, President Obama wants to make deep cuts to the direct payment to farmers program, which has been widely criticized as misguided government spending. Farmers...


Immigration
Jul 23, 2014 — Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Jul 22, 2014 — In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.
Jul 19, 2014 — Saturday is the second day of protests by those opposed housing migrant children in their towns. Murrieta, Calif., is among those cities, but many say the protesters don't represent their city.
Jul 17, 2014 — Several hundred protests will begin Friday in cities across the country, as activists rail against the Obama administration's efforts to temporarily house migrant children detained at the border.
Jul 17, 2014 — The White House's request for more funds on immigration could get a congressional vote soon. Meanwhile, the border crisis is complicating Obama's plan to take unilateral action to ease deportations.
 

Special Reports

Audio Series
Farm to Farm, Family to Family: David Sommerstein travels with NC dairy farmers to a Mexican village many of their migrant workers call home.
Audio Series
Hispanic Workers on North Country Farms
Five years ago, just a handful of farmers in the North Country employed Hispanic workers. Now many use workers from Latin America. The transition can be a bumpy one, for farmers and for the people they hire. David Sommerstein tells their stories in this ongoing series.

New York Farm Bureau watching immigration debate

The U-S Senate voted today to jump-start a stalled immigration measure that could legalize millions of unlawful immigrants. The test vote - limiting a filibuster - was 64 to 35. This merely keeps the bill alive. It still faces opposition from some Senators. And - if the bill eventually passes - debate in the House is expected to be especially contentious. Jonathan Brown reports.  Go to full article

Farm advocates not giving up on immigration policy

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insists an immigration overhaul is not dead, although he has pulled the bill. Farm Bureau leaders see a glimmer of hope there for New York farmers. Not enough senators voted yesterday to limit debate and speed the compromise bill's passage, prompting Reid to pull it from the floor. He says he looks forward to passing the bill, but a crowded Senate calendar complicates its prospects. New York's two senators voted for the bill. Increasingly, New York crop and dairy farmers rely on workers from central America and Mexico. New York Farm Bureau President John Lincoln, a Rochester area farmer, joined other advocates in Washington last week to lobby for the cpmpromise. The bill's failure last night surprised Bob Hokansen, national affairs coordinator of the New York Farm Bureau. He told Martha Foley the Farm Bureau will keep working.  Go to full article
Lowville veterinarian Mark Thomas at the school in Malacapetec.

Farm to Farm, Family to Family, part 3: the view from Lewis County

This week, we've been hearing the stories of a group of New York dairy farmers. In January, they traveled to a tiny mountain town in Mexico, where many of their milkers and farmhands come from. They wanted to better understand why their employees come thousands of miles to New York for work, and what that means for the immigration debate. Yesterday, we heard young Mexican men saying they wanted to work in the United States to make money. But eventually, they planned to return to their homes in Mexico. Immigration statistics tell a different story - the longer immigrants live in the United States, the more they want to stay here. In part three of a three part series, David Sommerstein looks at how Hispanic immigrants are affecting rural communities in New York and what the future may hold.  Go to full article
Above: Older houses in Malacatepec, below: new house built with wages earned on North Country dairy farms

Farm to Farm, Family to Family, pt. 2: the cycle of migration

As Congress continues to craft ways to control immigration into the United States, the reality is that the allure of good paying jobs and a chance to improve one's conditions...  Go to full article
How many kids in the school have family working in the US?

Farm to Farm, Family to Family, part 1: North Country farmers go to Mexico

In January, David Sommerstein traveled with a group of New York dairy farmers on a sort of reverse migration. They went to a tiny mountain town in Veracruz, Mexico, called...  Go to full article

Farmers want migrant workers to have more time in U.S.

Dairy farmers in New York and Vermont are now relying on migrant workers - many here illegally. So farmers are closely watching the debate in Washington over immigration....  Go to full article

New Yorkers' views on immigration

The Pew Hispanic Center estimates between 550,000 and 650,000 illegal immigrants live in New York State. Most live in New York City and its suburbs. But a growing number...  Go to full article

Commentary: An immigrant's lesson in values

Standardized test scores released yesterday show unexpected strength among middle school immigrants just learning English. Commentator Tom French has one of those immigrants...  Go to full article

Dairy left out of immigration deal?

As the fierce debate on a massive immigration bill continues in Washington, dairy farmers fear they may be left out. New York's dairy farms have become increasingly reliant...  Go to full article

Educating children of migrant workers

More and more farm workers in the U.S. come from Mexico and Central America. Many farmers say they couldn't survive without them. Workers who come to North Country dairy...  Go to full article

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