Nov. 25, 2015
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No Safety Net

Farmworkers can’t access retirement benefits because of underreported wages

Local News Maybe you’ve already spent half a day in your kitchen stuffing baggies with roasted chile for the long winter ahead. Or maybe you’re still hoping you get this job done before it’s too late.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Joseph Sorrentino

Farm to Hospital

New Mexico Court of Appeals affirms that farmhands can't be excluded from workers’ comp when they're hurt on the job

Local News With a big decision on marriage equality by the United States Supreme Court on Friday, a  New Mexico high court decision affecting fairness for farm workers here got lost in the shadow. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015 Joseph Sorrentino

Smells Like Compromise

New dairy rule on pollution came from industry and enviro compromise

Local News It took close to six years, but the dairy industry and a collection of environmental organizations have finally agreed on new regulations to detect and contain pollution from New Mexico’s dairies.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Joseph Sorrentino

Fair-to-Farmers Brew

Local coffee shops embrace idea of getting closer to the grower

Local News There’s nothing easy about coffee production. The small-scale growers who produce much of the available high-end, specialty coffees do all the work by hand.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Joseph Sorrentino

Which Milk

Practices on New Mexico conventional dairies’ factory farms are hard to swallow

Features Milk cartons and dairy co-op websites feature drawings or photographs of lovely cows standing in lush green pastures and shots of farmers, smiling, standing with an arm around a cow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Joseph Sorrentino

Udder Distress

A small town takes on Big Dairy over foul odor and fly plague

Local News “I tell people that I always know I’m in Mesquite because of the smell,” says Arturo Uribe, executive director of the Mesquite Community Action Committee. The odor, he and other Mesquite residen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Joseph Sorrentino

Moo Rules

Dairy industry and environmental groups clash on groundwater protections

Local News About 60 percent of New Mexico’s dairies are polluting groundwater, according to the state Environment Department’s Groundwater Quality Bureau.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Joseph Sorrentino

Pickers Grinnin’

Local News New Mexico’s farmworkers, who are among the lowest paid workers in the US, will earn a few more dollars a week thanks to a couple of attorneys who prodded the Department of Workforce Solutions into action.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Joseph Sorrentino

State Affirms Minimum Wage Applies to Farmworkers

Department of Workforce Solutions tells contratistas they'll soon be subject to random compliance audits

Local News New Mexico’s farmworkers will earn a few more dollars a week thanks to a couple of attorneys who prodded the Department of Workforce Solutions into action.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 Joseph Sorrentino

Colonias on the Range

Real estate contracts leave buyers in the lurch

Local News A piece of land. A home to call their own. That was what they wanted. What they got was an American nightmare. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 Joseph Sorrentino
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