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Farm workers, drivers reminded of harvest safety measures

Sep. 20, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois drivers and workers in the agriculture industry can take safety precautions during the busy fall harvest season, state officials said this week. Tractor roll-over accidents on farms or roadways are a leading cause of deaths in the industry. The Illinois Department of...

Washington farms given masks for workers to combat smoke

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management in northwest Washington state has provided about 2,000 N95 masks to protect agricultural workers amid the widespread wildfires, officials said. Thick smoke has made the air quality unhealthy and prompted orders for citizens to...

In a photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. The governor said she will make an announcement on reopening gyms and clarifying the standing of high school and other youth sports

Whitmer: Announcement on gyms and sports coming 'very soon'

Sep. 3, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she will make an announcement “very soon” on the reopening of gyms and clarifying the standing of high school and other youth sports, noting that she is aware many are anxious about their status amid the coronavirus pandemic. The...

This July 24, 2020, photo shows a homeless encampment near a canal in El Centro, Calif. As support services have dwindled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some homeless people in Imperial County have resorted to bathing in irrigation canals. Homelessness looks different in different parts of the U.S., especially in rural agricultural regions such as Imperial County. (Anna Maria Barry-Jester/KHN and the Howard Center For Investigative Journalism via AP)

Homeless essential workers face greater risk of COVID-19

Aug. 26, 2020 11:40 AM EDT

At the beginning of the pandemic, Tiffany Cordaway’s biggest struggle was finding a place to shower. She worked two jobs in northern California, disinfecting medical equipment during the day and caring for an elderly couple overnight. When she finally clocked out, she just wanted to clean off. But she had...

Farms pay $325K to settle guest worker mistreatment claims

Aug. 25, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Two farms in Washington state have agreed to pay $325,000 to settle accusations that they mistreated foreign guest workers. Green Acre Farms and Valley Fruit Orchards of Yakima County have reached an agreement to end years of litigation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity...

Judge won't stop virus tests for migrant farm, food workers

Aug. 21, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday refused to block a requirement that Michigan's migrant farm workers get tested for the coronavirus, rejecting claims that it violates the rights of Hispanics. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a handful of workers as well as some fruit producers. But farm...

Inslee orders more COVID-19 testing for farm workers

Aug. 19, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday updated his coronavirus proclamation so that it requires agricultural employers to test their workforce broadly when health officials identify an outbreak that passes certain thresholds. Since the governor first issued his proclamation on May...

Inslee visits Brewster, latest COVID-19 hot spot in state

Aug. 13, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee visited Okanogan County on Thursday, site of the latest hot spot in a coronavirus pandemic that has hit the counties of central Washington state. Lightly-populated Okanogan County now has the highest rate of COVID-19 cases in the state with nearly 900 confirmed cases...

FILE - In a June 17, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer was unreceptive Tuesday, July 28, 2020, to Republican-passed legislation that would require public schools to offer in-person instruction to students in kindergarten through fifth grade amid the coronavirus pandemic.(Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

Michigan orders tests on ag, migrant workers after outbreaks

Aug. 3, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Monday ordered coronavirus testing of agricultural and migrant workers, citing nearly a dozen outbreaks at farms and food-processing plants in recent weeks. Under the emergency order issued by the state Department of Health and Human Services, migrant housing camp...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020, file photo, Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. Washington state agriculture workers have trapped their first Asian giant hornet. The hornet was found July 14 in a bottle trap set north of Seattle near the Canadian border, and state entomologists confirmed its identity Wednesday, July 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)

First Asian giant hornet found in Washington state trap

Jul. 31, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state agriculture workers have have trapped their first Asian giant hornet. The hornet was found July 14 in a bottle trap set north of Seattle near the Canadian border, and state entomologists confirmed its identity Wednesday, according to the Washington State Department of...