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Federal farm visa program brings Jamaican workers to North Country orchards

Last week, we reported on efforts to expand the agricultural visa program known as H2A. The federal system offers migrant workers from outside the U.S. a chance to earn decent wages on farms, without the complications and dangers of working illegally. Dairy farmers in the North Country hope H2A can be modified to better serve their industry, which faces chronic labor shortages. The program has already put a new face on the region's apple industry. Brian Mann has our story from Peru, in the Champlain valley.  Go to full article
At work far from home
At work far from home

For Jamaican Apple Pickers, Hurricane Ivan Hit Home

One month ago, Hurricane Ivan slammed into the island of Jamaica, ripping apart houses and knocking out phone lines and electricity. The storm hit just as hundreds of Jamaican workers were arriving in the Champlain Valley to help with the fall apple harvest. These last weeks, the men have struggled to support their families while far from home. As Brian Mann reports, this has been a season of worry, but also a season of faith.

Hurricane Ivan Relief Fund: Donations can be sent to Peru Community Church, PO Box 38, Peru, NY 12972. Make checks payable to church, but specify that funds are meant for Ivan relief.  Go to full article

Filmmaker Stephanie Black: Life and Debt

David Sommerstein talks with award-winning documentary director Stephanie Black. She'll be in Potsdam tonight to show and talk about her latest film, Life and Debt. It highlights how the policies of global lending organizations like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund affect everyday people in Jamaica. The film features a reggae soundtrack.

Life and Debt will be shown at the Roxy Theater in Potsdam at 7:15, with an introduction and discussion afterwards with Stephanie Black. One of the artists featured on the soundtrack, Yami Bolo, will be playing live at Maxfields in Potsdam Monday at 10 pm.  Go to full article

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