AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

A bill to end the 10-hour day, 60-hour workweek for farmworkers is headed to the governor's desk.

The bill passed the assembly last week.

It would require farmworkers to be paid overtime if they work more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week.

Right now, they can earn overtime only when they work 10 or more hours in a day. Supporters say the bill is fair to laborers who have been excluded from overtime protections since the 1940s.

Critics say farmers will simply run larger crews so they can avoid paying overtime.

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Farmers can get financial help to upgrade tractors and farm equipment.

The USDA has announced $10 million in funding for farmers and ranchers interested in reducing air quality emissions with their ag equipment.

This funding is in addition to the $13 million available through the environmental quality incentives program.

It offers farmers and ranchers incentives for retiring equipment polluters.

For details contact the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service at 559-276-7494.

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