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An anthropologist pursuing his Ph.D. at Brown University spent the past few months researching the H-2A guest worker program in Florida’s citrus industry. He heads to Mexico this summer to spend time with those workers in their own communities.

Rachel Iacovone

People picketed outside two major food corporations in Tampa Wednesday to protest farmworker exploitation.  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) wants Publix to know, “Publix, escuchar. Estamos en la lucha,” which means, “Publix, listen. We’re in the fight.” CIW has been “en la lucha” for nearly a decade now.

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A Southwest Florida company is benefiting from a major shift in how unmanned aircrafts, or “drones," are regulated. The new rules reduce the standards for who can fly the drones. This is allowing Fort Myers-based Soaring Sky to expand nationwide.  

Jason Walsh

It's official: Miami-Dade county has another Zika Zone with locally contracted cases. Now it's Miami Beach - after the hipster district Wynwood another tourism hotspot. In Miami Beach Restaurants, tourists and locals react differently to the news that Zika has moved in on them.

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Some teenagers in Immokalee want to end the cycle of poverty in their town with salsa. Nearly half the people in the farmworker community are poor. So a group of high school kids are capitalizing on the area’s agricultural background with “Taste of Immokalee," a salsa and hot sauce company that donates its profits to local people in need. Last year, the students sold about $20,000 worth of produce. And they’re already close to doubling that this year.