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CFP in American Agriculturalist: "Dairy Employee Turnovers can Impose Huge Hidden Costs"

Mary Jo Dudley of Cornell Farmworkers Program
Published: 
Jul 16, 2015
By Kara Lynn Dunn and John Vogel
If you've never experienced your milking crew disappearing overnight after learning that OSHA inspectors wanted to interview them, you're lucky. A more common loss is losing a key member of your dairy management team. Sometimes, these events are outside of your control. Other times, it comes down to poor employer/employee communications. Either way, it drives labor costs up and herd production down... Read more

Farmworker Program in Ithaca Times: "Talking with Local Farm Laborers"

Cornell Farmworkers Program Mary Jo Dudley
Published: 
Jun 17, 2015
"Every day, there are Ithacans who go grocery shopping and pick up milk, yogurt, apples, wine and cheese, herbs and beans and salad greens that all come from fields in the Finger Lakes. Some of this food is sleekly packaged when it hits the shelves. Some of it is advertised with ORGANIC FAIR TRADE NO MSG GLUTEN FREE buzzwords, and some of the produce is placed into a paper bag at the market by the hands of a farmer’s son or daughter.

"However local food finds its way into the shopping bag, there’s one near sure thing even in our mechanized, digitized times: There were honest-to-goodness human hands that squeezed that milk from the cow or plucked that apple from the tree. Hands that increasingly over recent years have belonged to people who have come from other countries to upstate New York to do the hard work of farming..." Read more

The Cornell Farmworker Program Hosts Guatemalan Mobile Consulate in Lansing, NY

Consulado Movil en Lansing, NY
Published: 
Jun 8, 2015
When conducting our research with farmworkers, we encountered a significant number of workers that requested our assistance in linking them with the Guatemalan Consulate.  The Guatemalan Consulate will visit Lansing, NY on June 26-27, 2015 from 9AM-4PM.  Guatemalans in our communities will be able to obtain official Guatemalan identity documents including passports, birth and marriage registration, and consular identification cards. Read more

CFP's Mary Jo Dudley wins "engaged teaching and research" award

Published: 
Apr 15, 2015
Congratulations to Mary Jo Dudley, Director of the Cornell Farmworkers Program, who received the George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award at the Community Engagement Showcase on April 15th. The George D. Levy Engaged Teaching and Research Award celebrates faculty who facilitate high-quality community-engaged learning or research. The Award recognizes a Cornell University faculty member whose collaborative efforts over time have resulted in exemplary community-engaged learning and research coursework or program(s) with local and/or global communities. Read more

Pluralism in Progress: Immigration Reform

Pluralism in Progress: Immigration Reform in the 21st Century
Published: 
Apr 7, 2015
Pluralism in Progress: Immigration Reform in the 21st Century
Professor Stephen Yale-Loehr, Cornell Law School
Mary Jo Dudley, Cornell Farmworker Program
Attorney Gary Liao, Journey's End
800 University Avenue, Ithaca, NY
Friday, April 10, 2:30 p.m.