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Company's aerial photos, data helps farmers manage fields

Nov. 14, 2021 00:03 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis-based IntelinAir Inc. sees a big business opportunity in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to help farmers keep tabs on their fields. The company, which was founded in 2015 in the Los Angeles area, moved its...

State study finds fatal opioid overdoses rose among workers

Nov. 08, 2021 18:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fatal opioid overdoses nearly doubled in recent years among Massachusetts workers, with the construction, farming and fishing industries among the hardest hit sectors, according to an updated study from the state Department of Public Health released Monday. ...

Suit: Migrant workers illegally underpaid to truck sugarcane

Oct. 25, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Six migrant workers from Mexico have filed a lawsuit against a Louisiana sugar company claiming they were brought into the country with visas listing them as farm workers, but were put to work as truck drivers hauling sugarcane from farms to a mill — a job carrying a...

US blocks tomato imports from Mexican farm over labor abuses

Oct. 21, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States ordered a halt Thursday to imports of tomatoes from a Mexican farming company and its subsidiaries for what officials said was abusive treatment of workers that amounts to forced labor. Customs and Border Protection issued an order...

Vineyards, farms across EU raided in labor abuse crackdown

Oct. 05, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Law enforcement authorities clamping down on the exploitation of agricultural workers raided hundreds of vineyards and farms across Europe last month, the European Union police agency Europol announced Tuesday. Eight suspects were arrested...

Feds: 3 charged in Mexican migrant worker conspiracy

Sep. 22, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Three people have been indicted in a multi-state conspiracy involving the forced labor of Mexican agricultural immigrants, federal authorities announced Wednesday. A federal grand jury in Tampa formally charged Bladimir Moreno, Christina Gamez and...

Biden launches plan to address 'silent killer': extreme heat

Sep. 20, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to protect workers and communities from extreme heat after a dangerously hot summer that spurred an onslaught of drought-worsened wildfires and caused hundreds of deaths from the Pacific Northwest to hurricane-ravaged Louisiana. ...

Judge blocks NC law provision aimed at farm workers' union

Sep. 16, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only farm worker union is pleased despite mixed decisions so far from federal courts about a 2017 law it says obstructs mostly Latino field hands organizing for better benefits and conditions. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs...

Lawsuit: Farm hired white immigrants over Black US laborers

Sep. 09, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Six Black farmworkers in Mississippi say in a new lawsuit that their former employer brought white laborers from South Africa to do the same jobs they were doing, and that the farm has been violating federal law by paying the white immigrants more for the same type of...

The Latest: N. Carolina has 170 clusters in schools, centers

Sep. 07, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina health officials on Tuesday released a report showing 170 ongoing COVID-19 clusters in K-12 schools or child care settings. While the state Department of Health and Human Services said it does not have data on the number of pupils...