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AFOP 2014 National Conference Registration now Open

The AFOP 2014 National Conference is quickly approaching and it is time to make your plans. The conference will be in beautiful San Diego, CA and span September 23-25. Register here. Friday, September 26 will be a special outing to … Continue reading

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Post by: Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) – Jim Jones Two million farmworkers help grow, tend and harvest the food that we put on our tables every day. They are the mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers whose … Continue reading

Joint Ministerial Declaration

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez recently signed a joint ministerial declaration with Mexican Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare, Jesús Alfanso Navarrete Prida, designed to help improve the lives of migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) working hard to … Continue reading

Sharing the Power in Their Stories

Storytelling is an important component to the human experience — to entertain us, to teach us, to keep the spirit of those who came before us alive. To quote Ursula K. Le Guin: “There have been great societies that did … Continue reading

Jobs Training for Migrant or Seasonal Farmworkers

The stated mission of the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is to “counter the chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) who depend primarily on jobs in agricultural labor performed within the United States and Puerto … Continue reading

The American Dream-“I am the hope of my parents’ harvest, I am the fruit of their efforts”

To honor Farmworker Awareness Week I invited a young farmworker woman to share her story. Eva and I first met in 2012 when she won a seven week, paid internship/fellowship in Washington D.C. Her story begins much the same as … Continue reading

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Protecting the Hard Working Hands

Farmworkers  are some of the most forgotten and unacknowledged workers in the United States. The general public has little knowledge of the many challenges agriculture workers face on a daily basis: extremely limited access to health care; poverty incomes; exposure … Continue reading

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Farmworker Awareness Week, March 24-28, 2014

Join AFOP in Recognizing Farmworker Awareness Week, March 24-28, 2014 As we begin the 2014 Farmworker Awareness Week, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs encourages you to take time this week, and hopefully every day hereafter, to recognize the two … Continue reading

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2015 Budget Proposal

Good news out of Washington.  The president released his fiscal year 2015 federal budget proposal.  Obama recommends that NFJP be flat-funded next fiscal year.  That’s welcome news because the budget agreement Congress reached late last year provides far less sequestration … Continue reading

Public comment open for propsed changes to Worker Protection Standards for agriculture workers

Some good news out of EPA.  The agency has released for public comment its longtime-in-coming revisions to the Worker Protection Standard for Agriculture Pesticides.  AFOP was invited to participate in a stakeholders’ conference call this week with EPA officials who … Continue reading