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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


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Public News Service - WA: Rural/Farming

Some farmworkers' rights groups say the H-2A work visa program is exploitive. (Edgar Franks/Community to Community Development)

LYNDEN, Wash. – This weekend, marchers are honoring the one-year anniversary of a farmworker's death in northern Washington. On Sunday, faith, environmental and labor groups are leading the "March for Dignity" from Lynden to Sumas, where 28-year-old Honesto Silva Ibarra fell ill last year whil

Farm workers' advocates protested Tuesday outside a court hearing about the fine for Sarbanand Farms in Sumas, Wash. (Carla Shafer)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Farm-labor advocacy groups are furious after a District Court judge in Bellingham slashed the fine to $36,500 on Tuesday for a blueberry farm accused of unsafe working conditions, after a worker there collapsed and died last August. The Washington State Department of Labor

Timber and environmental interests have clashed in management of forests, including those in and around Olympic National Park. (ChelseaWa/Flickr)

FORKS, Wash. – A grand experiment on the Olympic Peninsula could shape the way the Northwest manages its forests. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and University of Washington scientists are working on a large-scale project to find out which practices benefit both the env

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SEATTLE – For shellfish farmers, climate change isn't a future risk, but a present-day challenge to their industry - and farmers on the West and East coasts are joining forces to fight it. The new Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition is raising awareness about the effects of carbon pollution

Farmworkers in Sumas, Wash. protested after their fellow laborer died while working during wildfires last year. (Edgar Franks/Community to Community Development)

SUMAS, Wash. – Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a commemoration of people who've lost their lives on the job. In Washington state, the farm community is remembering Ernesto Silva Ibarra, a 28-year-old farmworker who became ill last summer while picking berries during wildfires and later died

An H-2A worker died while working on a farm in Sumas, Wash., last summer, sparking protests from other guest workers on the farm. (Community to Community Development)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Critics say the country's guest farmworker program is exploiting laborers. Today, a panel of speakers in Bellingham will discuss the effects of this program formally known as the H-2A farm labor program. The program allows farms to recruit workers from other countries and g

Worsening wildfires are a concern if Washington state lawmakers don't find ways to give businesses more incentive to reduce carbon emissions. (LDELD/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state Senate is considering a bill outlined by Gov. Jay Inslee that would make polluters pay – and use the money to invest in clean jobs and keeping natural resources resilient. Senate Bill 6203 would tax carbon polluters, with the funds used to speed up

WSU researchers have developed a micro-particle they say can be fed to bees to help them withstand exposure to pesticides. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman.)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University researchers have been recognized for their development of a food supplement that helps bee colonies survive the toxic effects of pesticides. Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman developed a carbon micro-particle beekeepers can add to meals that r

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