Idaho Latino Farm Workers Are Essential — And Vulnerable — During The Pandemic

May 21, 2020


When it comes to keeping Idaho's agriculture sector strong during the pandemic, Latino workers have been essential. Without them, there would be significant disruption in Idaho's food production industry: crops would go unharvested, food would expire and never reach stores.

But while Idaho's food system relies on these workers, are there systems in place to keep these workers safe and healthy?


We’re taking a look at the state’s food system during the coronavirus with a conversation about these vulnerable workers. Idaho Matters welcomes guests Samantha Guerrero of the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils and reporter Nicole Foy of the Idaho Statesman.


Note: Nicole Foy will come back on the program Tuesday, May 26 for a closer look at an outbreak of COVID-19 at an onion ring processing plant in Weiser.



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