Heat rising over ‘hot goods’

An attempted crackdown on minimum wage and child labor violations at berry farms in the Pacific Northwest has sparked a backlash that threatens one of the U.S. Labor Department’s most potent tools for enforcing protections for farm workers.

Farming among the country’s deadliest jobs

Farming, once again, is one of the country’s deadliest jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released preliminary occupational fatality data this week, revealing that farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers have the eighth-highest workplace fatality rates.