The share of Americans who work in agriculture has shrunk from 41 percent in 1900 to less than 2 percent today, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In the dirty business of dairy farming, finding employees has led some farmers to hire undocumented workers.
By Ali Watkins, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on […]
By Josephine Marcotty, Star Tribune The pesticides that are synonymous with the demise of honeybees don’t do much for the farmers that use them, according to a new analysis by a national environmental group. The Center for Food Safety said Monday that a growing body of independent scientific evidence shows that the pesticides, known as […]