Idaho agriculture has become a global enterprise interconnected with international markets and increasingly reliant on migrant farmworkers.

BOISE — Sen. Patti Anne Lodge’s latest bill to expand Idaho’s inmate ag labor programs won unanimous support in the Idaho Senate on Feb. 20.

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Now that it’s official the Western Sugar will no longer be processing beet sugar in Torrington and 92 employees have been informed they will be permanently laid off come January, it’s time for Torrington to look to the future — and brace for the economic impact.

CALDWELL — The Community Council of Idaho’s newly formed immigration legal services program, Familias Unidas, recently received backing from the Idaho Dairymen’s Association with a financial award to assist with services for migrant families.

POCATELLO — The federal government has suggested a tweak to J.R. Simplot Co.’s planned Smoky Canyon Mine expansion, which regulators say would reduce selenium impacts while also enabling the company to use a less robust protective cap over backfilled pits.

LIVINGSTON, Mont. — Jose Luis Munoz Anco wears secondhand Wrangler jeans, which are too tight, so he leaves the button undone and the zipper about halfway and a belt keeps them up. He’s oblivious to his sacrifice for fashion.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Mexican man charged with abducting and killing an Iowa college student was known for years on the dairy farm where he worked by another name: John Budd.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The arrest of a Mexican farmworker in the death of an Iowa college student renewed calls to change immigration laws, but it also focused attention on the immigrant workers whose labor is essential to the state’s agricultural industry.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USDA) — The USDA has released internal guidance on changes made to farm labor housing eligibility that will lead to housing provided to foreign guest workers.