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January 23, 2016 02:52 AM
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What A Day: 100' from a Really Bad Day


It was a bad day when the bottom dropped out of the semi as it left the field. On the bright side, another 100' and it would have been on the highway.

If you’ve had one of those days—or captured someone else’s—we’d love to share it with our readers. Email high-resolution images to whataday@farmjournal.com or mail prints to What A Day!, Farm Journal, P.O. Box 958, Mexico, MO 65265. Photos for publication will be selected on a first-come basis.

Video Series Takes Consumers to a “Day on a Farm” 


Consumers can learn more about where their food comes from and production choices in U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) new “Day on a Farm” video series, created in collaboration with the popular online kitchen and home destination Food52. 

The video series highlights farmers and ranchers who share about how they manage common food production practices, such as antibiotics, GMOs, sustainability and animal welfare. 

“At Food52 we’re focused on inspiring the cook in everyone, and partnering with USFRA gives us the opportunity to share with our community so much about the food they eat, where it comes from and how it is grown,” says Food52 CEO and co-founder Amanda Hesser.

To watch and share the videos, visit www.fooddialogues.com/videos.

Stat Rack

How the farm and food sectors depend on immigrant labor:

57,000- Immigrant farmworkers in the Midwest

56%- Migrant farmworkers working in U.S. crop production 

66%- Hired crop workers who originate from Mexico (28% are from the U.S. or Puerto Rico and 6% are from Central America and other countries) 

80%- Hired crop workers (native and foreign-born) who are male

10% to 50%- Growth in unauthorized foreign workers from 1989 to 2009 

33%- U.S. meatpacking jobs held by immigrants

30%- Shortage in U.S. farm labor, even with imported labor workforce

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