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NMSU alumna to give talk on conditions of farmworkers

The average farm worker in New Mexico earns approximately $9,000 a year for a family of four. Of the 3 million farmworkers nationwide, 23 percent are living below the poverty level ($23,850 annually for a family of four). These facts are just a couple of the staggering statistics New Mexico State University alumna Marianne Bowers uncovered while completing her master?s degree in government last year.

NMSU?s Center for Latin American and Border Studies will present ?How does a border region NGO meet the healthcare and other needs of migrant farmworkers,? a talk by Bowers at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Nason House, 1070 University Ave.

Bowers will share what she learned about farmworkers and what one non-governmental organization in a border city is doing to address their needs.

?The farmworkers in this region are older ? from 40 to 70 years old ? and more susceptible to injury and chronic conditions,? she said. ?Half of them have not seen a doctor in the last year. Some have never been to a doctor. They?re vulnerable and there are laws that discriminate against them. We should be doing more to address their healthcare needs.?

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Inigo Garcia-Bryce at igarciab@nmsu.edu.