Immigrant Farm Workers http://wamc.org en US Ag Sec Argues For Commonsense Immigration Reform For NY Economy http://wamc.org/post/us-ag-sec-argues-commonsense-immigration-reform-ny-economy <p></p><p>U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says there are many economic benefits of common-sense immigration reform for New York.</p><p>Vilsack, who hosted a media conference call Wednesday, says the numbers are a cause for national concern. Maureen Torrey, former chair of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee, is an 11th generation farmer in western New York.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 72466 at http://wamc.org US Ag Sec Argues For Commonsense Immigration Reform For NY Economy Welch, Owens to offer dairy farmworker protections http://wamc.org/post/welch-owens-offer-dairy-farmworker-protections <div><p>Congressmen Peter Welch of <font color="red">Vermont</font> and Bill Owens of New York plan to announce legislation that they say will help ensure a stable workforce for <font color="red">Vermont</font> and New York dairy farmers.</p><p>Dairy farmers are ineligible for a federal agriculture visa program so many rely on <font color="red">immigrant</font> farm workers who are in the country illegally.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 12:45:06 +0000 Jaired Crofut 61784 at http://wamc.org Welch, Owens to offer dairy farmworker protections Vermont Faith Group Adds Voice to Immigrant Discussion http://wamc.org/post/vermont-faith-group-adds-voice-immigrant-discussion <p>Some Vermont faith communities are adding their voice to the discussion about immigrant farm workers in Vermont.<br><br>The Vermont Ecumenical Council and Bible Society, which is made up of eight Christian denominations, released a statement on Monday at the Statehouse calling for "just and fair actions" regarding immigrants who work on many of the state's dairy farms.<br><br>The group says it has a moral imperative to treat one another with dignity and infinite respect.<br> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:10:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 50358 at http://wamc.org