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Growers Under Pressure to Hire Americans

Farm work is hard, but Americans who need a job say they'd do it if growers would hire them instead of relying on immigrant labor. Over to CBS NEWS correspondent Vick Barker:

“Many rural black Americans say farm owners refuse to hire them because Mexican migrant workers are more easily exploited. Some growers say many of the Americans they do hire end up quitting because they are not prepared to work as long or as hard as the foreigners. The New York Times says a spade of legal actions nationwide is putting growers under pressure to either hire Americans or make a strong case why they can’t.”

Tilapia Production a Viable Segment of NC Agriculture

Aquaculture year after year continues to gain a larger portion of the North Carolina agricultural pie, and Spencer Dean, of TS Dean Farms, near Louisburg talks of his jump from hog production to tilapia production in 1996 with initial partner, RC Hunt:

“We felt like the recirculating system was something we had an edge on, and it prompted our interest in Tilapia and we went from there.”

Dean explains how they arrived at tilapia production:

Production would allow it to be available 52 weeks of the year, which no other seafood is like that. We also just really liked the product and thought that restaurants and consumers would agree.”

Dean says TS Dean Farms produces up to 250,000 pounds of tilapia fish annually, and sell their product into the live market all along the east coast.

Green House Gas Bringing Devestation

The old saying that "what goes up must come down" doesn't apply to carbon dioxide pollution in the air, which just hit an unnerving milestone.
The chief greenhouse gas was measured Thursday at 400 parts per million in Hawaii, a monitoring site that sets the world's benchmark. Climate scientist Michael Mann says that unless something is done to change the road we're on, we will see more devastating changes to our environment.

“Ironically, even with more flooding and intense rainfall events, we will actually see worse droughts over a large part of the US. That warming means more evaporation of water from the soil and drier conditions. As we saw last summer that can be devastating for agriculture.”

Dumping Wastewater Brings Fine to Food Service Company

A food service company is paying an $18,000 civil fine for dumping wastewater into Jackson's sewer system for 11 years without a permit.
Valley Services agreed in March to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

In order published by the department says the company's Pearl facility has been discharging wastewater since 2001. Jackson's sewer system extends to a number of Rankin County locations.

After regulators notified Valley Services last year, the company was issued a permit in January.
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